R&D Manager, Z Pulsed Power & Data Systems (1672)

Sandia Corporation Albuquerque , NM 87101

Posted 2 months ago

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

The Pulsed Power Sciences Center is structured such that specialized expertise in pulsed power science, control systems, mechanical and electrical engineering are organized into communities of practice, and multi-organizational, multidisciplinary teams are assembled to tackle projects. Within this unique collaborative framework resides the Z Pulsed Power and Data Systems Department, 01672. As the manager of this department, you will lead a 20+ member team of pulsed power, control and data acquisition, facility, laser, and vacuum specialists that are integral to the daily operation of Sandia's Z Machine. You will have the opportunity to craft the department vision, develop a suitable hiring plan, and provide staff development opportunities to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the Z pulsed power facility's workforce.

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

  • Mindfully guide team dynamics and interdependencies to ensure the success of the organization in this complex and high-consequence environment

  • Respond to Tactical and emerging needs of the team while balancing strategic development of the Z Machine's pulsed power and supporting systems and other related resource investments

  • Form trusting and naturally collaborative relationships with other departments throughout the Center to ensure the success of research efforts

  • Develop, implement, and support unifying R&D strategies across the Science and ICF portfolios through program and mission engagement

  • Strengthen intra-departmental partnerships to enrich relationships, use strengths, and amplify our mission impact.

  • Manage Z shot execution to meet performance, cost and schedule requirements

  • Extend innovation to the department's daily activities by embracing new processes to streamline the routine and administrative aspects of our work

  • Foster a diverse work environment and ensure a culture that promotes safety and security

  • Coordinate recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, recognition and disciplinary actions

Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference.

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 12 years' experience; or Bachelor's and graduate degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus eight years' experience

  • Experience with testing, research, and/or development

  • Experience leading projects to include balancing cost, performance, and schedule

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire

Type the list of Desired Skills

  • 2 years' leadership, management, or program management experience

  • 2 years' experience with large, i.e., MV/MA-class pulsed-power facilities

  • Collaborative interpersonal skills to develop trusting relationships among peers, staff, management, and customers

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, reports, and documentation

  • Ability to display agility in response to changing requirements or circumstances

  • Commitment to staff recruitment, development, and mentoring

  • Experience leading technical development activities while meeting customer requirements (cost, schedule, and performance)

  • Experience supporting high volume of work flow and teaming with multiple partners

  • Experience with laboratory operations related to Safety, Security and Quality

  • Experience with data-driven or risk-based decision-making

About Our Team

The Z Experimental Capability Management Group (1670) is the backbone of the world's most powerful pulsed power facility which creates unique High Energy Density physics environments and record above-ground radiation sources. The three departments create scientific, engineering, and technical solutions to realize efficient operations, cutting edge diagnostics, and new subsystems and infrastructure to advance and steward the Z facility. Through an adaptive, agile and collaborative workforce, highly complex and integrated experiments are performed almost daily that meet stockpile stewardship objectives, advance the frontiers of science, and visibly contribute to the US nuclear deterrent. The group not only provides a world class facility for scientific discovery, it provides a world class facility for its staff to learn, grow, and develop their careers in a fast-paced, one-of-a-kind working environment.

The Z Pulsed Power and Data Systems Department (01672) is responsible for ensuring that Sandia's Z Machine supports the nation's High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) stockpile stewardship and other national security missions as the world's most powerful pulsed power driver. This inter-disciplinary team works together to prepare the machine for daily operation according to the requested experiment specifications. Once an experiment is loaded, the team readies and fires the machine and ensures that all the requested waveforms are captured and processed for further scientific analyses. This team is highly adaptable and dynamic because of the developmental nature of many of the experiments, and the fact that Z supports Materials Science, Radiation Physics, and Fusion experiments. This department also leads multi-departmental teams to improve the capability and reliability of the Z pulsed power driver, ensuring that it remains at the vanguard of pulsed power and HED research, and is prepared to meet emerging national security needs.

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 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

  • These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.

EEO

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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