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R&D Systems Research Analyst (Mid-Career/Experienced)

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

Bidder Eligibility

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Level promotions (Member to Senior, Member to Principal, and Senior to Principal) may be permitted, but are not guaranteed, on this requisition.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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:
These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about contributing to national security? Do you seek to devise effective solutions to complex problems?

As a National Security Systems Analyst, (R&D S&E, Systems Research Analyst) you will use your strong technical foundation to help develop strategies, methodologies, priorities, and requirements for technology solutions. You will collaborate with our multidisciplinary team to provide decision insight to customers on a wide range of complex multi-domain problem areas which include:

Nuclear deterrence
Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN) defense, security, and nonproliferation
Climate change risk and infrastructure resilience
Risk Analysis
Emerging threats and mission areas
Enterprise, laboratory operations

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

Understand customer needs and analyze problems in the national security domain, to enable connectivity between operational organizations and our research and development teams
Formally define problems, formulate requirements, develop technical approaches, gather information, and apply analytical and modeling methods to design and objectively evaluate proposed solutions
Team across different disciplines to conduct innovative research and analysis on emerging technology trends and national security needs
Present results as appropriate at open conferences or classified meetings
Effectively communicate complex system issues and ideas in a concise way that enables action, to customers and partners at all levels of government within the United States as well as internationally
Travel and meet with sponsors to support execution of programs

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work on-site full-time, although incidental telecommuting may be allowed.

Qualifications We Require

Master's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) field, social science, or health-related fields relevant subject area plus at least one or more years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
Experience with technical documentation and analysis
Ability to travel, up to 20%
Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire

Masters or PhD in engineering (e.g., electrical, mechanical, chemical), physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology), computer science, data science, or cybersecurity
Additional years of relevant experience
Proven ability to take initiative and to be innovative, demonstrating an analytical mind with a problem-solving aptitude
Expertise and experience in any of the following systems analysis areas:
Structuring and solving complex, practical problems in science and engineering that involve encounters with real-world data, especially large data sets
Elicitation process
Risk and decision science analysis tools, theory, and methods for a range of data types to include sparse data and large data sets
Understanding of the policy landscape
Development and/or application of software modeling, simulation, signal analysis, and visualization tools and methods
Design and execution of war games, including analytic and strategic games
Application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning methods and tools.
Evidence of professional service to the community, such as service on program committees, workshop organization, and/or editorial or review work
Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI-level clearance
About Our Team

The Systems Research & Analysis Team is part of a three-department System Analysis and Engineering Group in the Computation & Analysis for National Security Center. We provide national leaders with reliable, unbiased, and comprehensive information on viable engineering and strategy options, and on the effectiveness, risks, benefits, and potential unintended consequences of those options. We are a multidisciplinary group with a strong science and engineering emphasis, skilled at applying a broad systems perspective to national and global security challenges. Work in our team is focused on a broad range of topics in national security including nuclear weapons, homeland security, transportation energy, and climate change. Homeland security work includes analyses, simulations, and prototype technology deployments which address defense against biological, nuclear, chemical, and radiological terrorism and emerging cybersecurity threats. Nuclear weapons work includes stockpile studies, surety systems analysis, cost estimation, and future stockpile planning. Projects range from months to years in duration, with teams forming in dynamic collaborations across the Group and with organizations throughout the laboratory to draw upon world-class technical expertise.

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.

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