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Principal R&D Systems Engineer - W93/Mk7 Flight Test System Lead (Experienced) - Onsite

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: May 13, 2024

Job Description:

About SandiaSandia 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 worldwideExtraordinary co-workersSome of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the worldCareer advancement and enrichment opportunitiesFlexible 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 LikeWe are seeking a Principal R&D Systems Engineer to join the W93/Mk7 program as a Flight Test System Lead to execute the W93/Mk7 flight test program. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, mission-driven team, responsible for conducting activities across the test lifecycle, including flight test body development, assembly, integration, test, and data analysis. The candidate will partner closely with design and production agencies for flight test planning and integration, as well as the Advanced and Exploratory flight test programs on supplemental flight activities. Additional responsibilities include:Establishing a comprehensive flight test strategy for the W93/Mk7 program to support design evaluation and qualification data needs, ensuring tight integration with modeling/simulation and ground test activities.Working closely with customers and stakeholders to negotiate flight strategy and navigate trades based on performance, cost, schedule, risk, materials, function, and technology maturation.Building and leading the Flight Test Team (both internal to SNL and with external DAs) to successfully implement flight test activities.Developing flight test design concepts, architecture, and physical layoutsCoordinating flight schedules, logistics, modeling and simulation efforts, range support, and analyzed flight data.Engaging technically with experts in environmental analysis, design definition, and component, subsystem and system level engineering across the NSE.On any given day, you may be called on to:Conduct test lifecycle activities for program flights, including preparing for major test readiness reviews and evidence generation.Develop a verification plan to achieve flight test requirements, both to demonstrate missile compatibility and to meet flight test objectives.Lead the planning and execution of pre-flight modeling, simulation, and analyses, partnering closely with S&T SMEs.Ensure flight strategy directly supports the maturation plan for component and system level Environments Specifications.Develop plans for and conduct environmental testing of flight hardware and assemblies.Develop plans for and conduct functional testing of integrated flight electronics.Interface with the Assembly & Integration Team to prepare flight body assembly procedures and workflows.Conduct flight test body builds and troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical issues.Conduct post-flight data analysis and requirements verification activities.Support various internal and external meetings (e.g., PRTs, working groups), while collaborating regularly with design and production agency partners.Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite full-time in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.Qualifications We RequireAdvanced degree (Master's or PhD) in an Engineering or Science field, plus four (4) years of directly related experience; OR Bachelor's degree in stated field, plus eight (8) years of directly related experience.Academic or job experience in areas such as: test and evaluation, engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects.Active US DOE Q-level security clearance (or DOD equivalent), with the ability to obtain and maintain Sigma 15.Qualifications We DesireExperience with Navy Flight Test Programs or other flight testing on large-scale programs.Specific experience building and maintaining relationships across the DOE and DoD.Demonstration of leadership abilities (strategic and tactical); experience driving teams to deliver to time-sensitive schedules.Ability to apply strong interpersonal and communications skills working on a team ranging from skilled technologists to PhD engineers/scientists.Experience with telemetry system design, testing or analysis.Experience in systems engineering of complex systems.Experience with ND component or system design, development or production.Ability to prioritize competing requirements to give the best system-level outcome.Commitment to operational safety, security and quality; experience with activity-level work.About Our TeamThe W93 System Evaluation and Qualification Department has the primary responsibility to plan and coordinate all evaluation activities for the W93/Mk7 Navy Strategic Reentry System Program. These evaluation activities involve modeling, simulation, and physical testing, both on the ground and during flight, in support of the maturation and ultimate qualification of the W93/Mk7 reentry body system design. We work closely with our partners and program stakeholders, including NNSA Federal Program Managers, the US Navy, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Los Alamos National Lab, the Sandia nuclear weapons component organizations, the Sandia science & technology community, Kansas City Plant National Security Campus (NSC), the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), and many others, to coordinate expertise and foster innovation in efforts to better 'design for evaluation'. The department sets and executes the strategic plan with our partners to evaluate the reentry system in an effective and efficient manner to achieve the overall program testing objectives.Posting DurationThis 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 ClearancePosition requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.EEOAll 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 MedPEDsIf 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 Jobble

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