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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
R& D Mechanical Engineer-Shock Physics (Early/Mid-Career)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking an entry\-level scientist/engineer to provide technical support for lethality and threat analysis for multiple DOE and MDA programs\. Key elements of the position include shock physics and hydro\-structural analysis, optical and RF signature model development, and technical leadership of Sandia’s MDA efforts\. Technical leadership in continuum mechanics analysis and testing is an inherent part of this position with career growth as desired\.


+ Bachelor’s degree in STEM plus an advanced degree \(Masters or PhD\) in Engineering or Physics; a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated equivalent skills through work experience \(4 years\) may also be considered\.
+ The selected candidate must have a background in at least one of the following areas: shock physics analysis, hydro\-structural analysis, code and model development, or signatures resulting from impact events\.
+ Exposure to, and experience with, large\-scale, parallel computing is also necessary\.
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance\.


+ The ideal candidate shall have experience in analysis using first principal’s physics based codes such as CTH, PRESTO, and ZAPOTEC or similar non\-Sandia codes\.
+ Knowledge and experience of nuclear weapons, reentry vehicles structures and materials, conventional munitions/penetrators would be beneficial\. Working knowledge of MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense System would also beneficial\.
+ This position requires good presentation skills and the ability to work in a team environment\.
+ Some travel is required\.
+ Current and active DOE Q\-level security clearance\.

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories is a key member of the Missile Defense Agency \(MDA\) team in the area of lethality, post\-intercept debris generation, signature prediction, and related hypervelocity modeling\. Our primary customers are the U\.S\. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Missile Defense Agency\. The MDA lethality programs at the laboratory are tasked with developing lethality/vulnerability criteria for target reentry vehicles, characterizing impact phenomena for target typing and kill assessment, and missile defense\-related modeling pertaining to advanced discrimination and kill enhancement\. In addition, the department supports advanced solid dynamics and shock physics analysis for other DoD/DOE weapons applications\. The department performs coupled hydrodynamic\-structural modeling of complex geometries to predict both early\-time response and late\-time break\-up for missile defense related applications\. We have teamed with both industry and other laboratories to perform both ground and flight test experiments and events\.

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.