Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Nuclear Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Nuclear, Mechanical, or Civil Engineer (or other relevant science or engineering background) in the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies Department (8843) to join our team.

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

  • Perform R&D and applied technology development to address technical and safety issues associated with the use of nuclear materials in nuclear fuel cycles and space applications;
  • Perform R&D related to storage, transportation, and disposal of nuclear wastes;
  • Perform modeling and analyses to support the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Launch Safety Project;

  • Perform space launch accident sequence evaluation. Support and potentially lead in improving and using the launch safety codes which simulate the numerous harsh environments present in a launch accident (blast, debris trajectories, impact, fire, orbital reentry). The ultimate goal is to produce a probability distribution of the amount of nuclear material that might be released;

  • The code will need to be updated to include improved modeling of various phenomena as they are revealed via research or are requested by the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel for launch approval. The software is written in Fortran and in Python, but C or C++ are additional possible languages for future versions. Good physical insight and the ability to model physical phenomena is desired.
  • Help with other current projects which include:

  • Evaluation of impact and consequence associated with security aspects of managing radioactive materials;

  • Analyses of storage and transportation methods for spent nuclear fuel, including R&D on fuel cladding and dry cask storage systems;
  • Field-scale pressure vessel experiments to test nuclear waste storage engineered components and materials under severe conditions and/or validate computer codes and models.


  • Bachelor's in STEM;
  • Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or other relevant degree;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and development;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE L or Q-level security clearance.


  • PhD in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or other relevant degree;
  • Demonstrated experience working in team environments with other scientists and engineers;
  • Basic understanding and/or capabilities for modeling and simulation of blast, impacts, debris trajectories, fire, and orbital reentry (e.g., SIERRA, LASEP);
  • Established experience with material science and heat transfer;
  • Basic understanding and/or capabilities for uncertainty quantification and probabilistic safety analysis;
  • Experience with scientific programming in a Linux or Unix environment (e.g., C, C++, Fortran 95, Python scripting);
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks while working in a high-pressure environment driven by schedule constraints, cost considerations and stringent quality requirements;
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to develop technical ideas and results and present them in oral and written form.

Department Description:

The Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies Department conducts R&D and applied technology development to find solutions for technical and safety issues associated with the use of nuclear materials in nuclear fuel cycles and space applications, and R&D related to transportation and storage of nuclear wastes from commercial facilities.

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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-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 L-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