Sandia National Laboratories R&D Weapon Response Analyst (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an experienced R&D Weapon Response Analyst to fill our R&D Systems Engineer role. This role will support the development of a safe process for Nuclear Explosive Operations by:

  • Identifying and mitigating mechanical, electrical (in particular electrostatic discharge or ESD), and other hazardous forms of energy
  • Creating and documenting technical justifications and rationale
  • Identifying the safe operating environment for hazardous components
  • Developing technical subject matter expertise and working closely with peers at Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Labs
  • Traveling regularly to Pantex (TX), LANL (NM) and LLNL (CA)

To be successful in this position, you will have:

  • A dedication to support our unique nuclear weapon mission
  • A breadth of technical knowledge and are resourceful when solving deeply complex technical problems
  • The ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple levels of personnel in the Nuclear Security Enterprise
  • You dynamically build effective relationships by anticipating, understanding, and reacting to customer needs
  • You actively craft networks that transcend organizational boundaries
  • You are flexible and open to multiple different viewpoints
  • You enjoy teaming with others for mutual success
  • You desire to continuously learn and improve
  • You excel in giving and receiving critical review
  • You strive to work independently with limited supervision
  • You are willing to travel between sites frequently
  • You can obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance


  • An advanced technical degree in physics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or related field
  • A minimum of 5 years system engineering experience with complex systems


  • Possess an active Q security clearance
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills, in particular, the ability to exercise resourcefulness and initiative in approaching and dealing with ambiguity

Department Description:

The primary mission of the Weapon Analysis Department is to provide Sandia executive management, system and component designers, independent assessors, and other customers with performance, risk, and safety analyses using state-of-the-art model-based tools, test data, and expert knowledge. Our results help to assure the safety of nuclear weapons during assembly & disassembly operations, transportation activities, and other potential planned and accident environments. An intimate knowledge of nuclear weapon safety and a science-based approach involving analysis, modeling/simulation and experimental data provide the technical basis for meeting the needs of our customers.

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:

*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