R&D Requirements Lead - W76-1 System Life Extension (Early/Mid-Career) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7247014 (Ref:Sa693454)

Posted: June 3, 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 highly motivated Systems Engineer to become the Requirements Lead for the W76-1/W76-2 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) weapon system team. Our team executes design, development, and qualification of the new instrumented JTA flight test body for the W76-1/W76-2 weapon systems. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and manage strategies to lead the JTA3 project to successful product qualification and delivery. This will require partnering with a multi-disciplinary engineering team to understand the lifecycle phases of the project, coordinate technical design requirements, test plans, and support design gate reviews all in support of the successful development and delivery of the JTA3 project.

The successful candidate will become intimately familiar with the detailed function of W76-1/-2 nuclear weapon components, subsystems, and systems, and gain a breadth of knowledge across all phases of the product realization lifecycle from concept exploration, design, development, qualification, production, sustainment, to retirement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to exercise investigative freedom in engaging the broad Nuclear Weapons community.

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

  • Lead the system integration for requirements and execution through the life cycle of the system engineering product development process.
  • Work with other design and production agencies to establish interfaces, integration plans, and to ensure designs can be requirements.
  • Provide critical contributions throughout the entire product realization lifecycle, including requirements engineering and traceability, validation and verification (V&V), risk analysis, and crucial technical documentation.
  • Partner with Sandia internal system and component team, as well as external partners at Los Alamos National Labs, KCNSC, Pantex, NNSA, and the Navy to mature project requirements.
  • Communicate and team effectively across multiple roles and technology areas, to include staff, team leads, and several levels of management.
  • Exercises critical thinking to identify, assess, and mitigate risks through the application of strong engineering principles and robust communication.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position.

Salary Range:

$90,900 - $176,900

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a relevant STEM field.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above-stated field.
  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to integrate into and work effectively across multiple technical teams and with management.
  • Experience using engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver presentations to customers and various levels of management.
  • Familiarity with engineering requirement tools, such as DOORS.
  • Familiarity with SNL drawing and authorization system, product development and qualification, testing and evaluation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of nuclear weapon systems.
  • Active DOE Q clearance (or DOD Top Secret clearance).
  • Experience working with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DOD customers, DOD contractors, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), and Pantex.

About Our Team:

Department 7222 has responsibility for the W76-1/2 nuclear weapon stockpile and suite of activities. In addition to established stockpile work there are a multitude of development and qualification projects including the JTA3, Mk4B, ALT939 ISA program, and D5LE2. Production activities in several areas continue at KCNSC and require frequent communication. Additionally, 7222 leads the development of testers and operational activities for hardware management and engineering leadership for all W76-1/2 test body assembly and disassembly activities. Our department is also the interface with test and computational simulation organizations to manage schedule and budget associated with qualification.

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:

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.


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: 693454

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position:

Full/Part-Time Status:

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:#7247014 (Ref:Sa693454)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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