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Sandia National Laboratories RD Systems Engineer for Nuclear and Reactor Facilities (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Want to join our dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? Check this out! Our team is seeking a results-oriented R&D Systems Engineer to provide a wide range of engineering activities for the Nuclear Reactor and Systems Engineering Department supporting Sandia's nuclear facility operations. You will have opportunities to advance your technical domain, and to fill roles that require growing levels of responsibility, project management skills, integrating quality into engineering design, and collaborating with customers, line, and program management.

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

  • Define our customers' needs, develop design requirements, and generate concepts through production, implementation, and field support
  • Lead engineering projects with multi-disciplinary teams involving electrical, mechanical, systems, quality and nuclear engineers, and nuclear safety analysts
  • Work independently or within multi-disciplinary team environments
  • Lead elements of the engineering program; design engineering, systems engineering, and configuration management by developing and improving processes and procedures
  • Use your experience in neutron radiography, reactor safety, instrumentation, control, and, plant protection systems
  • Evaluate, test, and perform high-level analysis of system functionality and subsystem contribution to system function, ensuring that system performance requirements and acceptance criteria are met
  • Develop programming and/or data automation software
  • Prepare technical reports and briefings
  • Support a large and very diverse body of legacy hardware, software, and the associated activities and users


  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree in nuclear engineering or safety, mechanical, electrical, systems, quality or relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field plus five or more years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of scientific and engineering education and experience
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • PhD in relevant STEM field
  • Familiarity with DOE nuclear facility programs and processes
  • Knowledge of 10CFR830 and applicable DOE orders (e.g., 414.1D, 420.1C, 433.1B, 232.2A, etc.)
  • Experience with ASME NQA-1, ANSI/ANS 15.8, ASME BPVC, IEEE 603 and other engineering codes and standards
  • Experience with reactor safety, instrumentation, control, and plant protection systems
  • Experience with programming and/or data automation software such as C++, Java, JavaScript, LabVIEW, Python, FORTRAN, and/or Matlab
  • Eager to accept responsibility and seek more than one assignment at a time
  • Desire to learn new skills as required and develop expertise in areas that may be unfamiliar
  • Collaborate with the customer and those responsible for developing, testing, and implementing the system and its elements to ensure that customer expectations and satisfaction are met
  • Active Q clearance
  • Proven track record of working independently and within a multi-disciplinary team environment, building consensus and resolving issues
  • Strong interpersonal, organization, and planning skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare clearly written technical reports and briefings

Department Description:

The Nuclear Facility Engineering & Maintenance Department (Org. 1385) provides engineering analysis, design, performance monitoring, configuration management, and maintenance planning and coordination with the goal of ensuring the performance and reliability of the safety-related systems at the nuclear facilities located in Sandia's Technical Area V (TA-V). These nuclear facilities provide combined neutron/gamma and gamma radiation environments for radiation effects testing to support Sandia's Nuclear Weapons Strategic Management Unit stockpile stewardship activities and a variety of customers. The nuclear facilities include (a) the Annular Core Research Reactor, which is an open-pool reactor that can be operated in a "pulse mode" or a "steady-state mode," (b) the water-based zero-power reactor critical experiments in support of criticality and analytical benchmark data for nuclear power industry issues, (c) the Gamma Irradiation Facility, which utilizes cobalt-60 to provide high-intensity gamma irradiation environments, and (d) the Auxiliary Hot Cell Facility for processing of legacy nuclear and radioactive materials.

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:

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 U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the 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.

EEO Statement:

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.