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Electromechanical Technologist- Energetic Materials (Entry/Mid-Career)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


Technologists are being sought to support activities geared to evaluate the properties and behavior of condensed\-phase materials, such as energetic materials \(EM\), in initiation and combustion processes, and under dynamic and static shock\-load and combustive conditions\. The position emphasizes development of prototype devices in the Rapid Prototype Facility, and/or support in an explosive science laboratory using typical and novel methods to initiate or ignite energetic condensed\-phase materials, and applying advanced diagnostics to optical diagnostics to measure the energy input and output of the EM or EM\-containing device\. These jobs are very diverse and an aptitude to working within a changing environment is important\. Duties will include teaming with Principle Investigators, the design and set up of performance experiments that include standardized and non\-standardized testing, diagnostic application, data acquisition, and reporting of data\. Test design includes the building of the specialized devices for testing and requires attention to detail\. A basic understanding of mechanical, electronic and/or optical areas is required for this position\. Additional responsibilities include ES&H activities in the laboratory and documentation of operational procedures\. The positions include extensive training to safely handle energetic materials and learn the appropriate work controls necessary for conducting safe operations in the laboratory\. This position is for people who are interested in participating on an R&D team in energetic material science\. Little travel is expected\. Opportunities to publish are available\.


+ Associate degree or above in engineering, electronics, or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience\.
+ Experience working with electronic, mechanic and/or optical systems\.
+ Experienced in design software and instrument tools such as Solid Works, Mat Lab, ProE, C\+\+, etc\.
+ Able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance\.


+ Experience in prototyping\.
+ Demonstrative ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively on a team\.
+ Background in explosives technology and engineering applications\.
+ Skills in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting optical, mechanical and electronic systems and/or equipment\.
+ Experience with high\-speed imaging techniques utilizing high\-speed video cameras, framing cameras, and streak cameras
+ Experience with high\-speed interferometric data acquisition and analysis \(e\.g\., photonic Doppler velocimetry\)

Department Description:

The main objective of Department 2554, Energetic Material Dynamic and Reactive Sciences, is to develop a science\-based understanding of the performance of explosive components and energetic materials \(EM: pyrotechnics, propellants and high explosives\) under static and dynamic conditions, including shock – we examine behavior of materials and devices far from their equilibrium states\. Dept\. 2554 is part of the Explosives Technology Group, which is responsible for cradle\-to\-grave oversight of explosive components and the advancement of our understanding of the physics of EM behavior\. The customer and collaborator base expands across the Nuclear Weapons world to other government agencies, universities and industry partners who are interested in EM applications and science\. Projects vary from support of the nuclear weapon mission to fundamental research to novel EM applications\.

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.