R&D Mechanical Engineer (Mid-Career/Experienced) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7244811 (Ref:Sa693276)

Posted: May 26, 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 an R&D Mechanical Engineer (job title: R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering) to join our team. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Perform large-scale experiments and technology development associated with nuclear materials, infrastructure, and waste storage methods, such as:
  • Conducting experiments and data collection to evaluate long-term behavior and licensing of dry storage canisters and casks;
  • Collecting experimental data for assessing response of safety components to severe environments, and/or providing realistic data to benchmark computer codes;
  • 3D Printing components for testing
  • Perform R&D in an environment to address technical and safety issues associated with the storage, transportation, and disposal of nuclear wastes, including:
  • Modeling and analyses of nuclear waste life-cycle processes,
  • Modeling and analyses of thermal, criticality, and waste form behavior associated with the geologic disposal of nuclear waste, including dual-purpose canisters (DPCs),
  • Analyses of storage and transportation methods for spent nuclear fuel, including R&D on fuel cladding and dry cask storage systems,
  • Modeling of thermal-hydraulic conditions in dry cask storage systems,
  • Evaluation of impact and consequence associated with security aspects of managing radioactive materials,
  • Planning and analyses for deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste.
  • Perform field work and occasional activity level work, as necessary.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite at least 60%.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or other relevant field plus one or more years 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 conducting research
  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance or equivalent

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the technical disciplines; mechanical components testing, nuclear waste handling, radiation effects testing, and storage, transportation, and disposal of nuclear waste
  • Basic understanding and/or capabilities for analyzing nuclear waste storage, transportation, and disposal systems
  • Experience running or participating in large-scale tests
  • Demonstrated experience working in team environments with other scientists and engineers
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks while working in a high-pressure environment driven by schedule constraints, cost considerations and stringent quality requirements
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to develop technical ideas and results and present them in verbal and written form

About Our Team:

The Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies Department conducts R&D and applied technology development to find solutions for technical and safety issues associated with the use of nuclear materials in nuclear fuel cycles and space applications, and R&D related to transportation and storage of nuclear wastes from commercial facilities.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Job ID: 693276

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: T

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:#7244811 (Ref:Sa693276)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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