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R&D Nuclear Engineer - Analyst for Radiation Transport Applications

  • Full-time
  • Albuquerque, NM 87116
  • Aug. 25, 2023
  • Sandia National Laboratories

Job Description

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an analyst to develop and execute modeling, simulation, and analysis of electron, X-ray, and gamma-ray radiation transport for Sandia’s nuclear deterrence and other missions! You will help define environmental specifications for our nuclear deterrence systems and components and predict the reliability of our engineered technologies in various radiation environment scenarios. You will model the impacts of radiation effects on materials and/or electronics used within these technologies, helping to inform design decisions for adequate component function and resilience.

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

  • Perform simulations on world-class high-performance computing systems and analyze data to predict the transport of radiation and its effects on system and component design and qualification.
  • Present results at workshops, conferences, and meetings with sponsors and partners.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able must be able to work in-person on the Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico campus.

Qualifications We Require

  • Masters Degree in Engineering, Material Science, Applied Math or a related STEM field plus 4 years' relevant experience OR PhD in Engineering, Material Science, Applied Math or a related STEM field.
  • Experience with analyses of radiation transport/effects and/or multi-physics applications.
  • Publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with the application/analyses of either deterministic or Monte Carlo methods to coupled electron/X-ray particle radiation transport.
  • Experience in working with and/or doing analyses for a nuclear deterrent based customer.
  • Knowledgeable about nuclear deterrent design and qualification processes.
  • Experience with component design, production, and testing.
  • Experience with the development, code implementation of either deterministic or Monte Carlo methods to coupled electron/X-ray particle radiation transport.
  • Scientific computer programming experience with Modern C++, Python, and/or modern scripting.
  • Ability to work autonomously, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to team with a diverse group of backgrounds.

About Our Team

The Radiation Effects Theory Department (1341) perform theoretical and computational research to understand the effects caused by ionizing radiation from nuclear weapons, space environments and other sources, including those generated by laboratory machines. We develop physical models and numerical methods for deployment in computer codes that model the interaction of particle radiation (X-rays, electrons, neutrons, gammas) with matter. We utilize these and other types of codes to predict and understand electrical and mechanical radiation effects. Software quality engineering, software verification methods, validation to experimental data, and uncertainty quantification are fundamental to these computational efforts. We support a variety of customers who are concerned with the effect of radiation on their systems and components. This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density Science (REHEDS) Research Foundation at Sandia.

Posting Duration

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.

Security Clearance

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 obtain and 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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job Overview

  • Date Posted:
    Aug. 25, 2023
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, NM 87116
  • Job Title:
    R&D Nuclear Engineer - Analyst for Radiation Transport Applications
  • Salary Range:
    Estimated $141K - $178K a year