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Team Lead - Fire Science & Technology

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nations security!

You could be the Team Lead to work closely with and assist the manager of the Fire Science & Technology Department with test planning and operations, facility management, and program development activities. The Department is a part of the Validation and Qualification Sciences Experimental Complex that includes a range of state-of-the-art research, testing, and analysis capabilities for large scale thermal and mechanical environments!

**Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:**

+ Oversee a dynamic team of a select group (technologists and/or junior staff) supporting fire scientists and engineers in the design, setup, and performance of radiant heating experiments that are conducted to support nuclear weapons development and qualification missions as well as strategic partnership (non-DOE) programs every year.
+ Oversee the day-to-day testing activities and have daily involvement with Test Directors, Technologists, and customers regarding all aspects of testing.
+ Help keep track of budgets, schedule, and deliverables.
+ Develop and enforce lab standards that ensure operations conducted in a safe, secure, and quality manner.
+ Oversee formal training, on-the-job training, and qualification program for members of the team.
+ Assist manager with employee recruitment, training, performance assessment, work assignments, and recognition.


+ BS and MS in a relevant STEM discipline and a minimum of five years of experience, or BS in a relevant STEM and a minimum of nine years of experience
+ Experience in the design, fabrication, and/or deployment of complex large-scale test systems
+ Experience in planning and/or executing data collection activities
+ Current, active DOE L clearance, with ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance/Sigma 15


+ Advanced degree in Thermal Sciences
+ Demonstrated ability to successfully manage and complete programs and/or projects
+ Experience in the design and/or execution of complex and/or large scale thermal and/or electrical tests
+ Experience leading both hardware and data product technical teams responsible for delivering product that meets quality assurance, performance, cost, and schedule requirements
+ Ability to develop and maintain close teaming relationships with other managers and many other key partner organizations across the Laboratory
+ Ability to mentor employees on work tasks and organizational requirements
+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Department Description:

The Fire Science and Technology Department performs experimental and phenomenological fire research to support Sandia's national security mission. The main focus of the department is to ensure the safety and security needs of nuclear weapons in abnormal thermal environments. The department offers a spectrum of computational and experimental capabilities for addressing fire related challenges throughout the government, civilian, and industrial sectors. Efforts in the computational arena include development of physics-based subgrid models for phenomena important to fire dynamics, detection and suppression. The department maintains and operates unique facilities for radiant heating and large-scale fire testing. These facilities are used in conjunction with new diagnostics and experimental capabilities developed and employed to provide data for discovery, validation, and system qualification. The group interacts extensively with complementary technical organizations in computational sciences and thermal and fluid sciences within the Center, across the laboratory, and with academia and government. This department is responsible for a portion of the Readiness in Test Base and Facilities/Major Environmental Test Facilities (RTBF/METF) portfolio. Key goals of the Department are to provide insight into physical phenomena of fires and the fate of objects exposed to abnormal thermal environments, generating data for creating and validating heat transfer and thermal response models, and qualifying the safety and performance of nuclear weapons and other systems of relevance to national security. The work includes using state of the art fire models for experimental design, application of both established and new diagnostics, and deployment of new data reduction and uncertainty quantification techniques. All testing functions are performed with near seamless integration with computational modeling activities.

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

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 maintain a DOE L-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, disability, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-11-25 Expires: 2019-12-26

 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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