The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
1+ months

R&D Electrical Engineer - Component and Material Evaluation (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM
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We are seeking a R&D S&E, Electrical Engineer

lead Component and Material Evaluation \(CME\) efforts for NW components\. Component and Material Evaluation provides, at the component and material level, the data and knowledge of a weapon systems technical basis that cannot be realized through system\-level testing and identifies, mitigates, and facilitates management of risks associated with known, unknown, and emerging defects\. This information enhances the assessment and understanding of: reliability, safety, and surety performance in multiple environments for a component and its: interfaces; materials; aging; and margins while working toward predictive capabilities by providing supporting data necessary to achieve these objectives\. CME encompasses core surveillance, development or enhanced surveillance, and special testing, and includes development of diagnostic capabilities, aging studies, margin analyses, trending, and predictive models\. The concepts and objectives of CME are applied throughout a weapons life, including development, qualification, production, maintenance, and retirement\.

The successful candidate applies integrated technical judgment\-\-which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses\-\-to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions\. As part of this effort, the candidate is expected to participate in various NW strategic initiatives that support the advancement of surveillance and the reduction of the NW development cycle, including advanced surveillance architectures and model\-based design and engineering\.

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

+ Lead multi\-disciplinary, technical teams to develop, qualify, and implement surveillance and evaluation test methods, diagnostics, and evaluations to identify defects and aging effects, understand margins and trends, and make predictive assessments of weapon components and their materials\.

+ Develop novel approaches to assess safety and surety performance aspects of components, as well as, reliability requirements\.

+ Direct work that is rooted in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles\.

+ Chair Significant Finding Investigations \(SFIs\) by leading a multi\-disciplinary, technical team to determine the cause of anomalies discovered during component surveillance and evaluations and assess the impact to the safety, security, and reliability of the stockpile\.

+ Promote design\-for\-surveillance principles and objectives by serving on stockpile modernization program product realization teams to develop life\-cycle test requirements for component development, qualification, production, and surveillance; provide expertise on component surveillance, an influence component design to facilitate non\-destructive accessibility of data\.

+ Develop, revise and release surveillance test rationale and test requirements documents that tie to weapon system requirements\.

+ Interface with the modeling and simulation communities to implement a weapon\-life cycle view to NW\-related modeling and simulation

+ Interface with a wide variety of technical disciplines from multiple organizations from across the Nuclear Weapons Enterprise, including: weapon systems, components, materials, surety assessment, nuclear safety, reliability, quality, military liaison, production agencies, NNSA, and the DoD\.

+ Provide leadership and technical expertise in surveillance requirements, objectives, and processes\.

This position requires travel to NNSA and DoD sites\.


+ Bachelors and advanced degree \(Masters or PhD\) in relevant STEM discipline; or bachelors degree in relevant STEM discipline plus 4 years of relevant experience in lieu of an advanced degree\.

+ Experience with laboratory testing and data acquisition\.

+ Experience with physical and computational simulation or model\-based engineering\.


+ Demonstrated experience providing leadership and effective teaming skills\.

+ Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent discipline with demonstrated high academic achievement\.

+ Experience with the Nuclear Weapons complex\.

+ Experience in developing and executing testing and evaluation of performance requirements or materials\.

+ Experience with Sandia corporate processes and the Sandia engineering tools\.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills\.

+ Self\-motivated individual\.

+ Active US DOE Q\-Level security clearance\.

Department Description:

The Transformational Technologies & Component Evaluation department is responsible for helping shape the future of NW weapons systems by driving several NW strategic initiatives including, but not limited to, the NW development cycle reduction \(includes modular architectures, model based enterprise, rapid product realization, agile technologies, tester initiatives, revolutionary system and component qualification, etc\.\) and the revolutionary integrated stockpile evaluation \(includes highly advanced surveillance architectures and technologies, digital representation and enterprise, revolutionary processes and procedures, etc\.\) This organization sits at the nexus of driving component performance knowledge, which also forms a large part of development program activities and paces much of their schedule\. This means that this department will push the envelope on all fronts: architecture, technology, tools and processes\. The team will be

working across SNL organizational boundaries

working across the NW Complex \(LANL, LLNL, NSC\-KC, Pantex, etc\.\)

working with NW sponsors and agencies and the DOE/DOD industrial base

working with new architectures, technologies, tools and processes

forming strategic partnerships to create win\-win relationships

The Transformational Technologies & Component Evaluation department will have a critical role in the implementation and execution of our Integrated Stockpile Evaluation \(ISE\) program to fully support stockpile evaluation and the ongoing transformation of the stockpile evaluation program\. The team will set the direction, plan, and manage component and material\-level evaluation of the stockpile, while also managing the RPPs and local procedures implementing ISE\. The team will provide guidance and expertise regarding life\-cycle testing, as well as development of test equipment in support of testing\. This work directly supports the Annual Assessment Report, as well as reliability and surety assessments for the enduring stockpile\.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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


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