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R&D S&E, Systems Engineer (Early Career)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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.


We are seeking a hardworking Systems Engineer to join the W80-4 warhead Life Extension Program (LEP), for a Weapons System Engineer (WSE) role. The WSE role interfaces with multiple partners and Product Realization Teams (PRT). Strong critical thinking skills and effective communication skills are essential. Are you passionate about your work and leading others? This role could be a great fit!

In this role, you will work with a PRT as a liaison from the Systems organization for a key component in the W80-4 system design. As the WSE, you will oversee requirements, design, qualification, and schedule to ensure the PRT component will successfully integrate into the design. This role requires an in-depth knowledge of the system design to provide the PRT a full set of requirements that align with the W80-4 system requirements.

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

+ Work closely with component groups on design requirements and deliveries
+ Create documentation to prove design qualification and verify all requirements are met
+ Derive and interpret shared requirements with LLNL
+ Derive requirements for components compatibility documents
+ Collaborate regularly with the programs leadership and Sandias executive management on requirements, qualification plans, and test results
+ Prepare for and present to diverse audiences at technical design reviews and programmatic meetings
+ Coordinate with teams to develop a detailed understanding of customer requirements and ensure maturation of requirements for specific system aspects or components
+ Assist in integration activities with various teams and PRTs


+ Bachelors degree in relevant field plus 4 or more years of related experience; or Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Industrial Engineering; or equivalent related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development
+ Experience working on nuclear weapons design, qualification, production, or related projects
+ Ability to travel up to 25%
+ Active DoE Q clearance


+ Project management skills
+ Strong communication skills, including ability to present to large and diverse audiences
+ Team focused with ability to collaborate with a variety of personalities

Department Description:

The W80-4 System Integration Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center. The Weapon Systems Engineering Center 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 W80-4 System Integration Departments are comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering. A major effort for this organization is the engineering design and development in support of a Life Extension Program for a nuclear warhead (W80-4). The W80-4 warhead will be deployed on the future U.S. Air Force Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that will replace the existing Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)/W80 Warhead weapon system in our nation's nuclear deterrent stockpile. This is a long term program that will require close collaboration with many different departments within Sandia as well as with organizations outside of Sandia such as LLNL, NNSA, Production Facilities, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-10-23 Expires: 2020-11-23

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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