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Space Sensors Opto-Mechanical Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking experienced or recent PhD mechanical engineer to provide advanced technical support with minimal supervision. This support will focus on mechanical/electro-optical design, fabrication, and assembly; interpreting and translating mechanical/optical concepts into opto-mechanical designs and fabricated hardware; documentation; and finished experimental systems. Other responsibilities may involve providing operations, testing, data acquisition/recording/interpretation and diagnostic support as required. The selected candidate will contribute in the development of new techniques and processes, and in the improvement of existing ones to ensure the successful completion of a project.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Develop conceptual and detail designs of opto-mechanical hardware for optical system applications.
+ Identify, analyze and provide solutions and alternate approaches to complex mechanical problems using individual creativity and judgment.
+ Perform technical calculations and analyze cost effectiveness of design, schedule and materials.
+ Use drafting, design, engineering and scientific programs on computer systems to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
+ Independently design, fabricate and assemble complex mechanical hardware.
+ Evaluate and characterize materials and manufacturing processes in the solution of mechanical problems.

Align with established ES&H regulations and procedures and perform duties in a manner that will not endanger the employees or other individuals, harm facilities or equipment or violate environmental regulations.


+ Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minimum of five (5) years of experience or Mechanical Engineering PhD plus one (1) year of experience
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


+ Knowledge of mechanical design, fabrication and opto-mechanical mechanisms
+ Experience with advanced engineering hardware design, fabrication, evaluating, and testing processes
+ Experience in machining, mechanical assembly and de-bugging systems in solving complex mechanical problems
+ Experience with operating principles in vacuum technologies
+ Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
+ Experience with optical raytracing software (e.g. Zemax, Code V, and/or OSLO)
+ Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
+ Excellent teaming, influencing, and communication skills

Department Description:

The Monitoring Systems & Technology Center (6700) has researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities.

Specifically, the Proliferation Defeat Concepts team specializes in development of multi-function sensors, targeting systems and SWAP (size, weight & power)-constrained platforms supporting a diverse suite of national security missions.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



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Posted: 2021-01-12 Expires: 2021-02-11

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For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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