R&D Systems Engineer (Early/Mid-career) - Campus Event

Sandia National Laboratories



Albuquerque, NM


Position summary

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Be part of a high functioning, inter-disciplinary collaborative team that solves complex engineering challenges. You’ll make a difference in national security and contribute to Sandia’s top-priority mission. We are seeking a highly motivated, professional R&D Systems Engineers to join our team to develop, design, implement, and maintain strategies to lead R&D project teams.

On any given day, you may be called upon to:

  • Communicate and team effectively across multiple roles and technology areas, to include staff, team leads, and several levels of management.
  • Engage in projects which span across all phases of the product realization lifecycle from conceptual design and development, through to production, maintenance, and retirement.
  • Collaborate on projects that include both nuclear and non-nuclear components, subsystems, and systems, as well as some capability development.
  • Lead through position of influence rather than authority, integrate people, teams, products, and activities across multiple technologies
  • Model weapon system architectures (Requirements, Behavior, Physical, Interface, Verification, Testing, Processes, etc.)
  • Generate model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) artifacts (reports, diagrams, tables, analysis dashboards, web interfaces, etc.) to support program deliverables.
  • Apply critical thinking using a diverse set of skills and expertise
  • Partner with multiple organizations and functional areas (Systems, Components, Qualification, Nuclear Safety, Use Control, Quality, JTAs, H&T Gear, Trainers, Requirements, Electrical, Mechanical, Modeling and Simulation and many more)
  • Research and Develop advanced Systems Engineering modeling capabilities to support program needs

Selected applicants will be interviewed by a subcommittee of managers. Subsequently, successful applicants will be provided to managers for placement in positions across Center 2400.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Systems Engineering or other relevant subject area
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in STEM field
  • Self-management / self-sufficiency – ability to work on projects with minimal management oversight and the ability to solicit new projects from an existing customer base.
  • Demonstrated ability in applying engineering principles to formulate design concepts and meet product requirements such as form, fit, and function.
  • Demonstrated successful teamwork, excellent communication skills, and consistent demonstration of good behaviors.
  • Consistent record of demonstrating initiative and getting results by taking ownership of assignments.
  • Understanding the nature of system problems and leading teams through resolution activities
  • Authoring qualification plans, requirements maps, test plans, and measurement assurance plans
  • Familiarity with requirements engineering concepts including elicitation, analysis, specification, and management

About Our Team:

The Advanced Systems and Transformation Center (2400) develops safe, secure, trusted, and mission-capable weapon designs and architectures. We partner internally and integrate across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) to provide thorough, objective information to our nation’s decision makers. We do this through preparing for Programs of Record and Urgent Operational Needs, maintaining a systems and digital engineering capability, and cultivating national and international relationships.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires https://U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (https://i.e., of the https://U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691594

Why you should apply for a job to Sandia National Laboratories:

  • Ranked as one of the Best Companies for Women in 2022

  • 4.1/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.6/5 in supportive management

  • 89% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 90% would recommend this company to other women

  • 90% say the CEO supports gender diversity

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  • Flexible work schedule where working from home and taking every other Friday off are viable options.

  • Retirement - 401 (k)

  • Career development: Career mobility to change projects and teams as you wish, mentoring opportunities with top scientists and engineers.