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W80-4 Systems Engineer (Mid-Career/Experienced) - Onsite

Sandia National Labs

Sandia National Labs

Software Engineering
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

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 an experienced team member for the W80-4 Joint Test Team (job title: R&D Systems Engineer). Your responsibilities will include helping plan and execute joint tests with the United States Air Force and Raytheon and applying the results of those tests to system qualification.

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

  • Work with a tightly integrated team to test and qualify nuclear weapon systems.

  • Conduct requirement interpretation, clarification, and verification.

  • Coordinate test planning and analysis of test data.

  • Support the overall development and qualification efforts.

  • Work with engineers from multiple agencies, including, but not limited to the US Air Force, NNSA, and Raytheon

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant STEM discipline plus (5) or more years’ related experience; or Master’s degree in relevant STEM discipline plus (3) or more years related experience; or equivalent engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25%

  • Active U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, or equivalent DOD Top Secret level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with lab or field testing

  • Previous nuclear weapon system or component experience

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment, demonstrating initiative and leadership

  • Motivation to work with a large integrated Systems team with broad interaction

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute technical work

  • Prior project management and leadership experience

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions

  • Ability to negotiate competing requirements to give the best system-level outcome

  • Experience and ability to work in ambiguous environments

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to proactively communicate challenging issues

About Our Team:

The W80-4 System Qualification Department (8262) is one of several departments leading the system levelactivities for the W80-4 Life Extension Program (LEP) at Sandia National Laboratories. The W80-4 systems team consists of integrated departments in NM and CA that plan, coordinate, and execute the design, development, and qualification activities in partnership with internal and external customers and stakeholders.The System Qualification department is responsible for activities supporting system qualification, system-level hardware management, and Joint warhead/missile qualification. The department works closely with other W80-4 system departments and other core partner organizations in project management, information management, modeling and simulation, analysis, quality, test, and hardware management and assembly. The department also works closely with external partners to include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), Pantex, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Air Force, and the LRSO missile contractor.

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: 692044