Future Warhead Qualification Engineer (Experienced) Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, USA

Job posting number: #7242246 (Ref:Sa693331)

Posted: June 2, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated Qualification Engineer who is passionate about engineering qualification development activities for future Sandia programs and work for our customers.

The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, highly integrated, cross-functional team contributing to the system design of a new Air Force Reentry Vehicle (RV) warhead. This warhead is expected to become a Phase 1 Program imminently (either in late FY24 or early FY25). During Phase 1 the successful candidate will inform trade studies in order to:

  • Understand the viable trade space and enable informed architectural decisions.
  • Establish a technical robust design with a defensible qualification program.
  • Identify driving requirements in order to inform the development of a Stockpile-to-Target Sequence (STS) and Military Characteristics (MCs).

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

  • Plan, conduct, and execute Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.
  • Synthesize anticipated future deterrence needs to define weapon system and subsystem requirements.
  • Define and guide development of weapons systems’ architectures and layouts.
  • Define test plans and needs for future weapon systems.
  • Define future technology development needs for Sandia.
  • Develop advanced engineering demonstrator and/or test units, conduct testing, and analyze test results.
  • Interface with external partners and stakeholders to define program goals and requirements.

The selected applicant will be located on-site at Livermore, CA site.Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field with at least (8) years of relevant experience; Master's degree in one of the fields with at least (4) years relevant experience; or Ph.D. in one of these fields.
  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain additional clearances, as needed.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proven experience with development of components or systems for nuclear weapons.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strong/trusting relationships with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience with testing system and components for qualification in high reliability environments.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing system qualification activities.
  • Demonstrated experience with flight and ground testing.
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple environments including:
  • Mechanical: acceleration, vibration, shock, and thermal
  • Radiation: hostile radiation, space radiation, RF
  • Electrical: EMR, lightning, ESD
  • Demonstrated experience with HALT/HASS testing methodologies.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging the modeling & simulation community.
  • Evidence of successfully operating in an ambiguous space.
  • Demonstrated experience test design and implementation including requirements verification.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills, including significant writing, interpersonal, and formal briefing capabilities.
  • Proven ability to work within multidisciplinary team environments and in conjunction with diverse collaborators.
  • Evidence of independent resourcefulness in the development of new ideas or programs.
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct engineering work in a systems context.

About Our Team:

Our team is developing transformational, threat-informed solutions that enable the Nuclear Security Enterprise to meet emerging national security needs with a responsive nuclear deterrent. Within our Center, we develop safe, secure, trusted, and mission-capable weapon designs and architectures. We partner internally and integrate across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (including LLNL, LANL, KCNSC, PX, and others) to provide thorough, objective information to our Nation’s decision makers. We do this through preparing for Programs of Record and Urgent Operational Needs, maintaining a systems and digital engineering capability, and cultivating national and international relationships.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693331

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posting number:#7242246 (Ref:Sa693331)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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