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R&D Electrical Engineering Project Lead (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 658337
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:R&D Electrical Engineering Project Lead (Experienced)


A position is open for an Engineer (Sandia title: R&D, Electrical Engineer) who will be the project leader in the AC Electrical Project at Sandia National Laboratories Primary Standards Lab (PSL). The PSL is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory providing metrology support to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). This position requires technical aptitude and experience in metrology spanning a broad range of measurement areas, systems and equipment, methods, and procedures with the potential to have an immediate impact on the work at the PSL. The ability to work in a team environment and to provide engineering oversight to solve measurement issues is critical. The responsibilities include research, development, deployment and maintenance of high accuracy unique electrical measurement systems, analyzing and reducing measurement data, developing effective calibration procedures, conducting complex measurements and calibrations, and programming of computer controlled test equipment. In addition, the successful candidate must fill the role of subject matter expert in electrical metrology, providing consultation to metrologists, scientists, and engineers across Sandia and the weapons complex. The selected individual will be expected to develop and provide measurement solutions and recommendations to resolve customer measurement issues and to improve measurement accuracies. A key role for this individual will be to interact with colleagues at other primary standards labs and with engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). All assigned tasks will be completed in accordance with laboratory procedures, policies, and practices. Occasional travel to other sites may be required. This is a unique opportunity to become part of a dynamic organization with broad interactions across NNSA, SNL, and WFO programs.

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. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Researches, designs, and tests new electrical or electromagnetic components, equipment, systems, and networks using the technology of electricity, especially equipment for power generation and distribution or for motor control. Designs electrical equipment, controls, components, systems, and products. Assesses capabilities of existing electrical components, equipment, systems, and networks. Develops inspection and test procedures for components and systems.


+ Advanced (MS or PhD) degree in Engineering, Physics or the Physical Sciences with a bachelors degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline.
+ One or more years? experience in metrology and making complex, precise measurements.
+ Experience developing or troubleshooting equipment at the component or system level.
+ Experience of multiple disciplines to include some combination of the following: electronics; electricity; physics; statistics; complex circuit schematics; bridge, ratiometric, and potentiometric measurement techniques; computerized systems; and system integration.
+ Experience programming computer controlled equipment.


+ PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics with an emphasis on precision electrical measurements and with evidence of strong academic performance.
+ At least three years of experience performing sophisticated low frequency electrical measurements, calibrations, and certifications.
+ Experience in developing methods, processes, technical work documents and procedures.
+ Familiarity with system level operation of electrical measuring equipment including one or more of the following: multifunction calibrators, long scale digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, digitizers, impedance bridges, vector network analyzers, frequency standards, AC/DC standards, quantum standards or other measurement equipment.
+ Willingness to work around mitigated hazards such as high voltage, stored electrical energy and high current.
+ Experience with a broad application of instruments, assemblies, standards, and systems including automation using IEEE 488 GPIB and RS-232 serial communications.
+ Experience working within a rigorous quality system in an accredited standards lab environment.
+ Desire to learn new skills as required and develop expertise in areas that may be unfamiliar.
+ Experience using MetCal, LabView, VisualBasic, Matlab, Kaleida Graph, and IGOR.
+ Experience with ISO 17025, Z540, NAP-24 and other quality assurance programs.
+ Experience with measurement uncertainty, propagation of error, and error budgets using prescribed methods such as Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM).
+ Excellent teaming, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
+ Self-motivated and willing to work on a diverse range of projects in a fast paced environment.
+ Basic project management skills including scheduling and management of laboratory resources, and proposal preparation.
+ Ability to design, construct, and implement new test methods and instrumentation.
+ Working knowledge of environmental effects on electrical measurements including thermal, pressure and humidity.
+ Ability to work in a diverse team environment to solve challenging and sometimes difficult problems.
+ DOE Q-level security clearance.

Department 2522, Primary Standards II, provides calibration support to the Nuclear Security Enterprise, including support for SNL research and production organizations. Department 2522 consists of four project groups: DC Electrical, AC Electrical, Microwave, and the Length, Mass, Force Lab. Each project develops and maintains primary standards, consults on measurement problems, calibrates reference standards, and assists in technical oversight of the DOE/NNSA Nuclear Weapons Complex contractor standards laboratories. The overall calibration program is accredited by the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.

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:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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