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Sandia National Laboratories Electrical Engineering Lead - Lightning Simulator (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

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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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The EM and Lightning Qualification Facilities department has an outstanding opportunity to lead the Sandia Lightning Simulator team and the large-scale pulsed power testing facilities in the Electromagnetics Systems Engineering and Qualification group. This dedicated position will lead a technical support team to design and implement qualification and R&D experiments, maintain and repair the facility, and manage the daily facility operations.

The opportunity includes leading a Sandia Lightning Simulator facility modernization program in the initial design phase to upgrade the facility from manual operation (80’s technology) to improved reliability and repeatability with microprocessor control and automation.

The Sandia Lightning Simulator is a pulsed power facility capable of providing a direct injection 200 kA severe lightning discharge (stroke) to evaluate the response of a variety of test articles. This facility is also unique it its ability to provide double-pulse lightning strokes (with a second Marx tank) and a continuing current in between strokes. This capability provides critical nuclear safety evidence for qualification of high consequence test articles.

The Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (EMES) is a Transverse Electromagnetic (TEM) cell that can provide Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) environments of greater than 250 kV/m. This EMES facility provides EMP response evidence for qualification of high consequence test articles.

The Nearby Lightning Environment Simulator (NBL) is a magnetic field loop that provides a magnetic field environment simulating that of a severe lightning strike 10 m away (3280 A/m). The NBL facility provides nearby lightning response evidence for high consequence test articles.

Key functions of this motivated role include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the test planning and design, execution, analysis, and documentation of electromagnetic experiments.

  • Planning and coordinating daily pre-and post-test activities.

  • Teaming with test facility and project technologists to ensure the logistical needs of the project are satisfied.

  • Collaborating with customers to include aiding in the design and fabrication of simulator hardware, acquiring custom test and measurement setups, and arranging for external services such as Industrial Hygiene, Facilities, or Photometric support.

  • Developing and implementing Engineered Safety, Work Planning and Controls, and following ES&H requirements.

Use the following link for a video of the Sandia Lightning Simulator in operation:


Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or STEM field plus five years’ engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability required by this position

  • Pulsed power experimental test experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics or a STEM field with a focus on Pulsed Power.

  • Experience with small scale capacitive discharge systems

  • Marx bank and gas switch maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and operations experience

  • Experience with laser systems operations and maintenance (gas switch triggering)

  • Pulsed Power diagnostics and instrumentation experience (Edots, Bdots, oscilloscopes, network analyzers)

  • High proficiency with Matlab

  • Design/drafting familiarity with AutoCAD, Solidworks, or equivalent

  • Experience with Labview programming and running Labview

  • Work Planning and Controls (WP&C) and safety program experience

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic, diverse team with agile responsiveness to changing priorities

About Our Team:

The EM Systems Engineering and Qualification department will be responsible for defining and managing work for electromagnetic qualification programs as well as development of new customers and programs. Department 01354/013541 will work closely with 1352 (EM Theory), 1353 (Electrical Sciences and Experiments), 1340 (Radiation Effects Sciences & Applications) and customers in 2000, 5000 and 8200. This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density 9REHEDS) Research Foundation.

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.

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.

Job ID: 687961