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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


**Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state\-of\-the\-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?**

We are seeking a Technologist and invite you to apply for consideration in multiple research and development activities supporting the Nuclear Forensics and Nuclear Non\-Proliferation missions\. You will support science and engineering research, development, and engineering \(RD&E\) activities which are characterized primarily by their nonroutine, prototypical nature\. You will help RD&E technical staff realize their ideas and designs and accomplish project goals\. Working in a laboratory or facility, you operate and maintain experimental equipment, perform experiments, maintain a safe environment, and make, record, and document observations\. Additionally, the individual performs a variety of technical procedures with minimal direction\.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

+ Conduct chemical, radiological, or physical experiments to assist scientists and engineers in the performance of RD&E, and performs qualitative and quantitative analyses for work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical applications of science or technology
+ Develop new experimental processes, utilizes novel analytical techniques, establishes new characterization methods, optimizes existing laboratory and characterization techniques, and performs experiments
+ Develop, build, modify, repair, or maintain a wide variety of laboratory apparatus and equipment, and interfaces this equipment for data acquisition
+ Develop and maintain material and process specifications to support engineering and scientific processes and works with key suppliers
+ Perform data analysis and interpretation, statistical error analysis, materials characterization, and information extraction, and formally document results for the customer
+ Support documentation and publication efforts, including the preparation of information for scientific and engineering publications
+ Perform work in a safe and compliant manner, seeks out domain expert advice as needed, and maintains the necessary documentation


+ You have an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, optical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a STEM discipline
+ Your background includes lab experience, such as experiment design, detector setup, noise reduction, testing, monitoring/troubleshooting, debugging analogue electronics and detector calibrations, and data analysis
+ You possess an understanding of the scientific method and experimental procedures
+ You can obtain a DOE Q clearance


Ideally, your background will also include:

+ Active L or Q security clearance
+ Skill and knowledge in one or more areas of physics, chemistry, computer science, materials science, lasers, optics, engineering, radiation
+ Willingness to participate in field tests and experiments
+ Ability to apply analytical and computer skills
+ Experience designing, building and working with high precision optical setups
+ Ability to interface equipment to data acquisition systems
+ Knowledge of utilization of instrumentation to measure and observe physical phenomena and effects
+ Ability to develop expert knowledge of laboratory equipment and processes to enable adjusting when necessary and to recognize when equipment malfunctions
+ Ability to conceptualize and communicate major elements of experimental design and results and to represent to other staff, management, and visitors, the scientific and engineering principles being investigated or developed
+ Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating anomalies and alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems
+ Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team
+ Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures
+ Some interest or experience in mentoring student interns
+ Excellent communications skills
+ Demonstrated ability to constructively work with teams to successfully execute complex projects

Department Description:

We are responsible for program management and cutting\-edge research, design, and analysis in the development of novel detection and measurement systems that advance the nation’s technical nuclear forensics and non\-proliferation capabilities\. Specifically, the department focuses on developing expertise, modeling tools, and technologies for characterizing nuclear weapons outputs, detecting nuclear activities and radiation detection and measurement\. The group is a key contributor to the national security mission, and regularly interacts with collaborators in academia, as well as at other national labs and international partners\.

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:

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\.


Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations\.

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.