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Job Summary

Applies integrated technical judgment\-\-which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses\-\-to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions\. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles\. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems\. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development\. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration\. Works with the project manager and the customer to negotiate and define system requirements that enable mission function and performance; develop system conceptual designs to meet those requirements; and define the necessary subsystems, components, and interfaces to realize the system\. Using a deep understanding of system operation and performance, performs functional decomposition of system requirements into subsystem\-level performance requirements that are achievable within the cost and schedule constraints of a project\. Provides system\-level design architecture analysis that combines a number of component parts or subsystems into a complete functional system\. Defines component and system\-level performance requirements and develops acceptance criteria for the subsystems and system\. Evaluates competing characteristics between system elements to determine the most effective integrated system solution\.

Primary Job Duties

Leads research and development conceptual system trade studies for Sandia programs\. Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers or synthesizes new approaches to achieve goals\. Uses systems engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions as well as eventual mission characteristics and application\. Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods to bring disparate technologies together to solve system issues\. Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research\. Defines future development activity and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology\. Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications and solutions\. Understands the nature of system problems; leads anomaly resolution teams through root cause analysis, solution options, and the trade space to evaluate the efficacy of those options; and may lead customers and stakeholders through this process\. Evaluates, tests, and analyzes system functionality and subsystem contribution to system function\. Interfaces with the system customer and those responsible for developing, testing, and implementing the system and its elements\. Works with the various subsystem teams to verify complex requirements, often from a combination of analysis and simulated environmental testing\. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of verification\. May use statistical knowledge to understand production feasibility, capabilities, or processes to be applied to the solution space\.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience\. Multidisciplinary technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position\. Ability to perform the integrated technical analyses that underpin the development of a realizable system concept\. Ability to synthesize operational concepts for experimental or exploratory systems to innovate and deliver solutions to customers in mission areas not fully defined or understood\. Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research\. Thorough knowledge of and experience with scoping, designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects\. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives\. Demonstrated ability to engage customers and stakeholders in the synthesis of significant systems experiments and to team across disciplines\.


Requires a bachelor’s and master’s degree in relevant STEM discipline \(Systems, Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering\)\. The requirement for a STEM Master’s degree can be waived for candidates with a bachelor’s in a relevant STEM discipline and engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development\.

Possess expertise in one or more of the following areas: performing project management, developing requirements and concepts of operation, performing trade studies, generating technical documentation, leading system design activities, developing and testing prototype systems, overseeing production activities, qualifying systems, assessing system reliability and performance, operationally fielding and supporting capabilities, and performing configuration management\.

Ability to obtain and maintain a U\.S\. DOE security clearance\.


Active security clearance; DOE Q or DOD TS\.

Advanced degree in engineering or related field; strong written and verbal communication skills, including development and delivery of presentations and scientific/engineering documentation; organizational and critical thinking skills; project management skills; strong interpersonal skills, including effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution, and coaching/mentoring skills\.

Department Description:

Department 8211 supports a range of product\-focused, engineering activities for National security\-related applications\. These activities span all phases of the product life\-cycle from concept exploration to production, deployment, and sustainment\. The Department specializes in systems engineering for capabilities requiring high confidence, quality, and reliability\. Specific activities include performing project management, developing requirements and concepts of operation, performing trade studies, generating technical documentation, leading system design activities, developing and testing prototype systems, overseeing production activities, qualifying systems, assessing system reliability and performance, operationally fielding and supporting capabilities, and performing configuration management\. This work is executed with an array of mission partners across a spectrum of security boundaries\.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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 \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

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\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

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