R&D Nuclear Engineering - Radiation Detection Systems (Experienced) - Hybrid

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

ID: 7245607 (Ref.No. Sa693405)
Posted: May 29, 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:

For over 70 years, Sandia National Laboratories has defined and brought into existence some of the most importance scientific and engineering advances in global security. Our 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel work daily on projects that ensure that a peaceful and prosperous world is possible.

Our Mission: To render exceptional service in the national interest, is more than a statement of values – it defines our commitment to the nation and the world to embrace a diverse and inclusive culture that sees only opportunities for collaboration, not boundaries, and to leverage that ethos to advance the United States’ position as global leader and innovator.

To support this mission, we are seeking an R&D Nuclear Engineer with strong data science, modeling, and simulation skills to solve complex issues of importance to national and global security. These roles offer exciting growth and leadership development opportunities as an integral part of successful delivery of our missions.

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

  • Perform gamma/neutron radiation transport studies to model the response of various radiation detection systems.
  • Design, build, and test novel sensor systems with Sandia-developed detection algorithms.
  • Perform test and measurement experiments to characterize sensor performance.
  • Develop data analysis tools in Python, Matlab, Root, or similar languages.
  • Develop data acquisition systems for tailored applications.
  • Write technical reports summarizing R&D efforts.
  • Conceive of and contribute to R&D proposals for new work.
  • Lead and collaborate on projects at low and mid Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

The selected applicant can work a combination of onsite and offsite work. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*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 Nuclear Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field plus one (1) year relevant experience; or Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in the following:
  • Radiation detection systems (gamma or neutron).
  • Radiation transport calculations.
  • Monte Carlo N Particle (MCNP) transport software.
  • Post-process and work with large sets of data.
  • Produce technical documents.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in the following:
  • Linux system operation experience
  • Matlab or python data analysis and post-processing
  • Machine learning techniques and standard methodologies
  • Conducting radiation detection measurement experiments
  • GEANT4
  • Active DOE Q-level or DOD equivalent security clearance

About Our Team:

The Nuclear Verification Department (6831) is making the world a safer place by helping the US Government reduce nuclear threats. We give policymakers technical options for verifying declared nuclear warheads and materials to enable effective arms control treaties and agreements. We research, develop, evaluate, and field new technologies that increase our government's capability to verify treaties and manage nuclear materials. Our diverse work includes technical development of radiation detectors, information barriers, sensors, tags, seals, information management and protection, and other nuclear security technologies, often with ultra-low-power requirements. Our programs are performed collaboratively with scientists and engineers in the Global Security & Cooperation Center (6800), across Sandia, with other national laboratories and sites, and internationally.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 693405

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: T

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.