What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Systems Engineer that can lead Component and Material Evaluation (CME) efforts for Nuclear Weapon (NW) components. You will apply integrated technical judgment to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories' missions. As part of this effort, you are expected to participate in various strategic initiatives that support the advancement of surveillance and the reduction of the NW development cycle, including advanced surveillance architectures and model-based design and engineering.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Develop trust based relationships and partner with many organizations internal to Sandia including: Quality, Independent Assessment, Design Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Stockpile Systems, and Weapons Design & Assurance.
Lead technical teams to develop, qualify, and implement surveillance and evaluation test methods, diagnostics, and evaluations to: identify defects and aging effects, understand performance margins and trends, and make predictive assessments of weapon components and their materials.
Provide leadership and technical expertise in surveillance requirements, objectives, and processes.
Direct work that is rooted in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles.
Lead multi-disciplinary teams to investigate the cause and impact of anomalous results and findings.
Collaborate with the modeling and simulation communities across the complex to implement a weapon-life cycle view to NW-related model-based engineering.
Participate and support initiatives to reduce the development cycle.
This position requires travel to NNSA and DoD sites
Qualifications We Require
Master's degree in STEM discipline
Experience with laboratory testing and data acquisition.
Experience in developing and executing testing and evaluation of component and/or material performance.
Proven experience with physical and computational simulation or model-based engineering.
Active DOE Q-Level security clearance.
Qualifications We Desire
Experience providing leadership and effective teaming skills.
Master's or PhD degree in STEM discipline with demonstrated high academic achievement.
Knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Weapon Systems.
Experience with the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
Experience with Sandia corporate processes and the Sandia engineering tools.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
About Our Team
The Transformational Technologies & Component Evaluation department is responsible for helping craft the future of NW weapons systems by driving several NW strategic initiatives including, but not limited to, the NW development cycle reduction (modular architectures, model based enterprise, rapid product realization, agile technologies, tester initiatives, creative system and component qualification, etc.) and the innovative integrated stockpile evaluation (advanced surveillance architectures and technologies, digital representation and enterprise, revolutionary processes and procedures, etc.) We sit at the nexus of driving component performance knowledge, which also forms a large part of development program activities and paces much of their schedule. This means that this department will open up the boundaries on all fronts: architecture, technology, tools and processes.
The Transformational Technologies & Component Evaluation department has a critical role in the implementation and execution of our Integrated Stockpile Evaluation (ISE) program to fully support stockpile evaluation program. The team sets the direction and leads component- and material-level evaluations of the stockpile, while also leading the site-wide and local procedures implementing ISE. We provide guidance and expertise regarding life-cycle testing, as well as development of test equipment in support of testing. This work directly supports the reliability and surety assessments for the enduring stockpile.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, 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
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance to start.
Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
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.