18 days old

W87-1 Flight Integration Lead

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:

The W87-1 System team is at the forefront of a program to modernize the W87-1, a replacement for the W78 warhead. Plans call for fielding the W87-1 on the Department of Defense's (DoDs) new United States Air Force (USAF) Sentinel missile within the Mk21A Reentry Vehicle (RV), two major USAF acquisition programs in concurrent development with the W87-1.

We are seeking a W87-1 Flight Integration Lead (Job Title R&D S&E Systems Engineer) to lead realization of W87-1 Flight Test Vehicles (FTVs) from SNL/CA, flight test integration with USAF, and flight coordination with W87-1 System Qualification/JTA and W87-0 Joint Environmental Test Unit (JETU) teams as well as lead W87-1 FTV integration with the USAF's Sentinel Missile and range assets!

You will lead the Environmental Flight Test Unit (EFTU) Systems team and the Developmental Joint Test Assembly 10 (DJTA10) Systems assembly, ground testing and flight testing.

On any given day you may be called to:

+ Plan electromagnetic compatibility, battery discharge, vibe/shock, and electrical integration testing.

+ Partner with components, Systems, test teams, and test facilities.

+ Support pre-flight assembly activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base, coordinate receipt of flight test data, process and distribute data to stakeholders.

+ Coordinate data processing of flight test data via the Sandia ground station.

+ Provide staff development and mentorship

+ Support Air Force discussions, manage system-level and component requirements, organizing system-level reviews, and provide guidance for ground test leads.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor's degree plus 7 or more years’ related experience; or Master’s degree plus 3 or more years’ related experience, or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline.

+ 3 or more years of experience contributing within a NW Systems Engineering or Telemetry (TM) team on a LEP, Mod, Advanced &Exploratory, Stockpile System or a related NW modernization program.

+ Proven ability to develop and lead large, cross-organization, multidisciplinary teams.

+ Experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects.

+ Ability to travel up to 25%.

+ Active US DoE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Ability to function in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment, and to work effectively with different levels of management, DoE/DoD partners, and Systems Leads

+ Demonstrated commitment to value diversity and inclusion among the workforce

+ Ability to develop trusting partnerships

+ Ability to maintain a constructive approach in a dynamic environment

+ Experience with Phase 6.X NSE program execution

+ Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to build and present briefings that are clear and compelling

+ Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter in an ambiguous environment

About Our Team:

The W87-1 System team is responsible for designing and qualifying the W87-1 warhead and for working with the GBSD missile System Project Officer (SPO) to integrate the warhead with the missile. The team comprises advanced-degree technical staff with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering. Additionally, the team includes core partners in project management, reliability, quality, nuclear safety, surveillance, engineering sciences, and material sciences. The W87-1 system team collaborates closely with LLNL as Design Agencies for the program. The system team also participates in multiple subgroups supporting the USAF Project Officers Group (POG).

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: 682942



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-02 Expires: 2022-06-01

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