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Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM, United States
8 days ago
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
8 days ago



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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We are seeking a dedicated R&D Systems Engineer/LAZAP (laser applications) technical project lead. The LAZAP facility has a 50 plus year history of supporting the calibration and functional testing of optical satellite payloads for the U.S. Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS). The testing is accomplished by directing a high-powered laser from a beam director to a target in space. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Manage the LAZAP portfolio, technically lead a team of engineers and technologists to collaborate on challenging laser/optical/electromechanical/software systems
  • Participate in training to be and certified to operate all mission positions. At the completion of each mission, you will lead the data analysis and report generation
  • A critical aspect of the project lead role is understanding the entire facility hardware and software architecture, creating and implementing an R&D and M&O (maintenance and operations) roadmap for capability improvements and the avoidance of equipment/software obsolescence
  • Report the monthly milestone and budget status to USNDS program and line management
  • Maintaining a strong safety theme and work within the defined safety envelope

LAZAP is located east of Sandia Tech Area 1 in Albuquerque, and a virtual tour of the facility may be viewed at the following link:\_info.html.

  • Master's degree in engineering or science (e.g., electrical, mechanical, computer science, aerospace) plus 4 years' experience OR Bachelor's degree in stated fields plus 8 years' experience
  • Proven experience with technical leadership (i.e. defining and overseeing technical projects, budgets, and up-reporting on progress)
  • Experience with high consequence safety themes and associated safety controls
  • Experience with testing, data collection and interpretation, and trouble shooting
  • Demonstrated software programming and data analysis
  • Experience designing and troubleshooting complex electromechanical systems

  • Experience with lasers, optics, video systems, and/or telescopes
  • Software development/programming with one or more of the following: Microsoft C# and Visual Basic; SQL database; embedded microcontroller programming; Programable Logic Control (PLC) Ladder Logic; National Instruments Lab View; Satellite Toolkit (STK); C; QNX Realtime OS
  • Experience writing mathematical algorithms, tracking propagators, and custom video processing software
  • Electronic and/or electromechanical experience, including work with electronic circuits, and the maintenance and troubleshooting of instrumentation, electronics, and complex cables/harnesses
  • Basic qualifications with laboratory-level machine shop tools
  • Experience with material sourcing, selection, and procurement
  • Dedication to a positive teaming dynamic while attaining shared objectives, strong written and verbal skills, and detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and a willingness to submit work for extensive review
  • History of being proactive and following through on assignments while producing consistent, high-quality work
  • Ability to prioritize and balance competing activities and manage ambiguity
  • Active DOE L or Q clearance, or equivalent DoD S or TS clearance

Department Description:

We perform key test and post-delivery activities with a focus on the U.S. Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS) Global Burst Detector (GBD) Space Segment. GBD payloads have a long association with Global Positioning System (GPS) host satellites and contribute to a diverse national capability for the detection of nuclear detonation. We lead the integration and test (I&T) of GBD hardware in Albuquerque and support the payload I&T at satellite vehicle factories and launch sites. Once launched, we support early orbit turn-on and the checkout of our payload sensors. We have a team of analysts that conduct state-of-health and performance monitoring, development of commanding, and triage/investigation/resolution of anomalies for the 24+ on-orbit satellite constellation. Our spaceflight function is conducted in unison with ground systems engineering and the mission user community. The department staffs and manages two satellite environmental test facilities: TVAC and LAZAP. The thermal vacuum (TVAC) facility has a comprehensive suite of chambers that simulate the temperatures, and high altitudes, of a space environment, characterizing designs and assessing payload space flight survivability. The laser applications (LAZAP) facility is used to propagate visible high-powered lasers through the atmosphere with a large aperture beam director, testing optical sensor mission readiness on earth orbiting satellites.

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.

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.

EEO Statement:

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: 680370

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60953939
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Position Title: LAZAP Technical Project Lead/Optical Satellite Payloads (Experienced)
  • Company Name: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Job Function: Aerospace
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