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Systems Engineer (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550

Posting Duration:

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Location: Multiple

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Systems Engineer to work on the W80-4 Program as a Systems Surveillance Lead (SSL). In this role the SSL will be the conduit between the W80-4 Systems team and the Integrated Stockpile Evaluation (ISE) Air Delivered Weapons team. The selected candidate will lead a highly functioning Integrated Stockpile Evaluation Air Delivered Weapons team that is currently developing requirements for the weapon, future testers, and new data analysis software. The selected candidate will be integrated on the W80-4 Systems team to drive the surveillance needs of the W80-4 Program.

This position can be physically located in Livermore, California or Albuquerque, New Mexico with the ability to frequently travel between sites, as needed. The candidate’s primary location will indicate the department where they will physically reside.

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

+ Lead technical efforts related to designing system-level test programs for the W80-4, such as requirements development and establishing a technical course of action with the team based on weapon design decisions.

+ Mentoring and on-boarding team members, assisting in delegation of tasks between team members, serving as the liaison to pull in support from SMEs when needed.

+ Serve as the primary staff representative to customers and partners for the W80-4 Surveillance Program through the negotiation, management, and documentation of Surveillance requirements for W80-4 System-level testing.

+ Establish and maintain positive relationships with key influencers and collaborate with multi-functional teams including W80-4 Systems, Component Engineering teams, and NSE agencies.

+ Collaborate with or lead teams that include internal and external personnel (i.e., National Nuclear Security Administration customers, DoD customers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, DoD contractors, Kansas City National Security Campus, and the Pantex production agency).

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 5 years relevant experience, or Master’s degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 1 year of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of relevant education and engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development

+ Experience in Nuclear Deterrence or the Nuclear Security Enterprise

+ Ability to travel up to 25%

+ Active security clearance; DOE Q or DOD TS

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Demonstrated ability to champion continual improvement efforts

+ Demonstrated ability to learn complex technical concepts and to recognize the programmatic impacts of that may result from technical course changes

+ Ability to effectively communicate technical information to technical and non-technical audiences

+ Experience and/or familiarity with the W80-4 technical and programmatic aspects.

+ Demonstrated ability to build relationships and establish credibility with technical project teams

+ Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure and/or ambiguous environment

+ Demonstrated teaming skills, including the ability to work effectively with leadership at multiple levels, technical project teams, customers/sponsors and across organizations.

+ Demonstrated ability to craft technical roadmaps and execute against them

+ Demonstrated technical writing and presentation skills, including an ability to succinctly explain complex technical concepts

+ Experience with leading projects or programs through the Nuclear Deterrence system engineering lifecycle.

+ Strong interpersonal skills, with a passion and talent for encouraging constructive working relationships with our customers and stakeholders.

+ Ability to combine the inputs of multiple subject matter experts (process engineers, technicians, scientists, design engineers) to arrive at a technically sound and implementable solution, document, or decision.

+ A graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Engineering.

+ Experience leading root cause investigations

+ Proficient understanding of data acquisition systems and data analysis

+ Proficient understanding of systems engineering

About Our Team:

The W80-4 Life Extension Program (LEP) is intended to strengthen our nation’s strategic deterrence, by modernizing the W80 warhead and integrating it with the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) missile. The program’s scope includes design and qualification of the warhead and integration of non-nuclear and nuclear components within the warhead.

The primary objective of the Surveillance program is to assure that the US nuclear weapon stockpile remains safe, secure, and reliable as the underlying basis of the US nuclear deterrent capability. Systems and Surveillance team members provide the technical and programmatic leadership for developing system-level laboratory and flight testing programs for stockpile weapon systems.

Additionally, we are responsible for developing the Joint Test Assembly for surveillance along with trainer hardware, handling gear, and other ancillary equipment. It is the first modernization program to be conducted in parallel with a missile development program.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s 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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.


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.

Job ID: 681838



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-06-10

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