Senior/Principal R&D Systems Engineer - Air Delivered Weapons System Surveillance - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7254775 (Ref:Sa693571)

Posted: June 25, 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:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Systems Engineer to become part of the Air Delivered Weapons System Surveillance team supporting an enduring Laboratory Testing program. Our team leads the planning, execution, analysis and reporting of the system-level laboratory and flight tests that inform the assessment of the weapon. We have a position for a self-starter who will assume ownership of system level surveillance activities for the B83 and certain aspects of the B61, potentially including some flight tests. The selected candidate will participate in planning and test execution of tests, lead anomaly investigations, and will be required to coordinate with internal and external partners.

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

  • Lead technical efforts related to laboratory testing at the Weapons Evaluation Testing Laboratory (WETL), located on the Pantex plant.
  • Interface with SNL Systems and external stakeholders, specifically Pantex process engineers, Pantex Program Management, NNSA, and members of the evaluation team across the enterprise.
  • Deliver written (e.g., engineering authorizations) and/or oral communication to customers and partners.
  • Demonstrate technical breadth and depth by leading anomaly investigations and providing information in a team setting to develop a cohesive explanation for observed behavior in data sets.
  • 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).

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

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*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:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or a relevant STEM discipline, plus one (1) year of professional experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.
  • Three (3) years of experience in Nuclear Weapons systems engineering or system evaluation.
  • Active US DOE Q-level security clearance or DoD equivalent.
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting results.
  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated communication and teaming skills.
  • Ability to bring diverse technical perspectives, experience, and interests to the group.
  • Ability to operate proactively, independently, and autonomously in intervals.
  • 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.

About Our Team:

The primary objective of our organization is to assure that the US nuclear weapon stockpile remains safe, secure, and reliable as the underlying basis of the US nuclear deterrent capability.

Department members provide the technical and programmatic leadership for system-level laboratory and flight-testing programs for stockpile air delivered weapon systems. In support of weapon modernization programs, we collaborate to develop requirements for the weapon, future testers, and new data analysis software. Ultimately, we provide engineering support for the life cycle of the weapons, including special studies, testing and data analysis, and leading root cause investigations that can stem from testing. Conducting the data analysis and reporting on weapon performance requires a thorough understanding of the technical performance of the weapon and data collection systems. We are responsible for communicating test results to our customers and stakeholders through presentations or written reports. Each department member is encouraged to pursue continuous improvement in personal technical capabilities, teaming skills, and innovative processes and procedures to be able to effectively manage a growing myriad of increasingly complex technical challenges.

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: 693571

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:#7254775 (Ref:Sa693571)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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