What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking a hardworking Lead Nuclear Safety (NS) Systems Engineer (job title: R&D S&E, Systems Engineering), with a background in mechanical, electrical, systems, or related engineering field to join the W80-4 System Team! The NS Systems Lead is responsible for leading Nuclear Safety development activities, including owning the final development of the W80-4 NS System architecture and NS Theme, working closely with the qualification teams, and overseeing development of component and subsystem requirements to ensure proper implementation in all W80-4 products. The NS Systems Lead has primary responsibility for interfacing with W80-4 design and production partners and customers on nuclear safety topics.
The Lead must have a multidisciplinary perspective with an innate curiosity to learn outside of their existing knowledge base. Having the capability to communicate optimally is a critical element for this position due to the collaborative nature of the role. Are you looking for a role where you will be trusted to provide sound technical justification for all decisions? This could be a great fit!
On any given day, you may be called to:
- Work with Weapon Systems Engineers (WSEs) to ensure successful product implementation for Nuclear Safety requirements
- Coordinate with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on joint Nuclear Safety topics
- Lead the nuclear safety portion of system design reviews, including the System Baseline Design Review (BDR), Final Design Review (FDR), and joint SNL/LLNL Nuclear Safety reviews
- Represent systems in customer and management interactions (for example, the Air Force, NNSA, Chief Engineer for Nuclear Weapons) on nuclear safety and lead the response to requests
- Coordinate with NS Assurance Lead, Surety Integration Lead, and assurance engineers
- Lead NS trade studies, balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation
- Write position papers and memos on Nuclear Safety topics
- Oversee nuclear safety qualification and test efforts
- Prepare presentations and other supporting documentation needed for technical reviews
- Represent the program while collaborating regularly with partners at Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense organizations.
Qualifications We Require
- Bachelor's degree in relevant field plus 5 or more years of related experience or Master’s degree in relevant field plus 1 or more years of related experience; or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related field; or equivalent engineering and scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
- Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, requirements development, or related modeling/simulation projects
- Ability to travel up to 25%
- Active DOE Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire
- Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team-focused environment
- Knowledge of nuclear weapon design, analysis and testing for past and current systems
- Knowledge of nuclear safety principles, components, and requirements
- Experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program or a stockpile system
- Experience with development of specifications for components and systems
- Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling
About Our Team
The various Systems Engineering Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center which is responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The departments are comprised of groups of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering.
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 schedules, 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.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start.
Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.
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.