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Manager, R& D Radiation & Fusion Diagnostics
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a R&D manager to lead the Radiation and Fusion Diagnostics Department, 1676\. The manager will be responsible for leading a 12\+ member team of Neutron and X\-Ray diagnostic scientists and technologists that are integral to diagnosing and quantifying the performance and output from experiments conducted on Sandia’s Z Machine\. Team dynamics and mindful management of interdependencies are vital to the success of the organization in this complex and high\-consequence environment\.

Forming trusting and naturally collaborative relationships with other Departments throughout the Center will be integral to successful stewardship of the department and its diagnostic capabilities\. This is especially critical because this diagnostic department plays a critical role in integrating diagnostic capabilities onto the Z machine, and has close working relationships with the Diagnostics Engineering department in 1690, the Radiation & Fusion Physics program scientists in 1680 and the center’s Chief Diagnostic Scientist\.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

+ Responsible for crafting the Department Vision
+ Responsible for developing a hiring plan and providing staff development opportunities to ensure the long\-term health and sustainability of the Z pulsed power facility’s workforce\.
+ Championing research and development in diagnostic science that has application to Radiation and Fusion Physics at the Z Facility and other national facilities
+ Engagement is also expected in building on existing and crafting new relationships with national labs and universities in diagnostic development for Z


+ Bachelor's and Master's degree in a relevant STEM discipline, or a Bachelor's and a PhD in a relevant STEM discipline
+ Minimum of 8 years working in multi\-organization research and development facilities
+ Experience with testing or research and/or development
+ Experience leading projects to include balancing cost, performance and schedule
+ Ability to maintain a required DOE Q security clearance


+ Two or more years of demonstrated leadership experience
+ Two or more years of experience using X\-Ray and/or Neutron measurement techniques
+ Two or more years of experience in fusion, plasma or high\-energy\-density physics, nuclear engineering, and/or radiation effects research
+ Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing trusting relationships among peers, staff, and management\.
+ Prior management and/or program management experience
+ Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills in the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, reports, and documentation
+ Publication of peer reviewed journal papers related to diagnostics, plasma physics, or fusion sciences
+ Demonstrated agility in response to changing requirements or circumstances
+ Demonstrated commitment to staff recruitment, development, and mentoring
+ Experience leading technical development activities while meeting design and/or science requirements \(cost, schedule, and performance\)
+ Experience supporting high volume of work flow and teaming with multiple partners
+ Experience with laboratory operations related to Safety, Security and Quality
+ Experience with data\-driven or risk\-based decision\-making

Department Description:

The Z Experimental Capability Management Group \(1670\) is the backbone of the world's most powerful pulsed power facility which creates unique High Energy Density physics environments and record above\-ground radiation sources\. The three departments create scientific, engineering, and technical solutions to realize efficient operations, cutting edge diagnostics, and new subsystems and infrastructure to advance and steward the Z facility\. Through an adaptive, agile and collaborative workforce, highly complex and integrated experiments are performed almost daily that meet stockpile stewardship objectives, advance the frontiers of science, and visibly contribute to the US nuclear deterrent\. The group not only provides a world class facility for scientific discovery, it provides a world class facility for its staff to learn, grow, and develop their careers in a fast\-paced, one\-of\-a\-kind working environment\.

The Radiation and Fusion Diagnostics Department \(1676\) researches, develops and fields state\-of\-the\-art diagnostic systems for measuring conditions created in high energy density science experiments on the Z Machine\. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and technologists that work together in a collaborative environment to develop and field temporally\-, spatially\-, and/or spectrally\-resolving diagnostics with an emphasis on instruments that measure X\-ray and Neutron emission\. These measurements can have nanosecond to 100 picosecond time scales and tens of microns of spatial resolution\. The department’s activities include fielding of activation samples for measuring neutron yield, neutron time\-of\-flight for inferring ion temperature in fusion plasmas, X\-ray fluence measurements to characterize X\-ray outputs, and soft and warm X\-ray imaging and spectroscopy to characterize source performance\. In addition, calibration and characterization of detector and critical diagnostic component \(e\.g\., crystal, filter, slit, pinhole, and PMT\) responses and pursuing new diagnostic development such as neutron imaging, fusion burn history, and high\-resolution time\-gated X\-ray imaging is also core to the department’s mission\.

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.