R&D Electrical Engineer - Joint Test Assembly (Early/Mid-Career) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

ID: 7255884 (Ref.No. Sa693539)
Posted: July 7, 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:

We are seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer to join the W93/Mk7 program as an electrical engineer supporting the fielded system, the Joint Test Assembly (JTA) and developmental flight tests. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, mission-driven team responsible for electrical design, integration, test, and data analysis, while partnering with design and production agencies across the W93/Mk7 program. The successful candidate should be comfortable in both the technical and cooperative leadership venues with strong teaming and communication skills.

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

  • Develop and support flight test objectives, design concepts, and physical and functional architectures.
  • Develop electrical designs that support the measurement, recording, and transmission of data for JTA.
  • Develop electrical designs that support the war reserve (WR) design.
  • Perform trades balancing performance, cost, schedule, risk, materials, function, and technology maturation.
  • Research past and present nuclear weapon systems and JTAs to support design activities.
  • Perform system/subsystem trade studies and technical evaluations, balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation thus influencing the down selection towards WR and JTA designs.
  • In partnership with Tech Mat counterparts, serve as the primary interface between systems and component/subsystem teams to drive successful design integration across all phases of the program and to ensure system requirements are documented and met.

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

Salary Range:

$95,400 - $185,700

*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:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering or science field.
  • Active DOE Q (or equivalent) security clearance required to start.
  • Academic or job experience at least one of the following areas:
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Engineering Design
  • Qualification
  • Production
  • Related Modeling/Simulation Projects

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master's Degree or PhD in above-stated field.
  • Experience in electrical design, RF, electrical/functional testing and/or analysis.
  • Experience with Navy flight test programs.
  • Experience with telemetry system design, testing or analysis.
  • Experience in systems engineering of complex systems.
  • Experience with ND component or system design, development or production.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, showing initiative and leadership.
  • Motivation to work with a large integrated Systems team with broad interaction.
  • Ability to apply strong interpersonal and communications skills working on a team ranging from skilled technologists to PhD engineers/scientists.

About Our Team:

The Advanced and Exploratory Systems department has responsibility to provide system-level leadership for the advanced and exploratory activities necessary to support current and future nuclear weapon needs. The department establishes a systems context to the research and development efforts of the component and Science and Technology communities. The department is currently pursuing advanced concepts and system development activities in support of National Nuclear Security Administration Phase 1 studies.

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: 693539

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.