System-of-Systems Engineer (Experienced)

Job Description

We are seeking a Systems Engineer, specifically, a System-of-Systems (SoS) Engineer, to join a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists contributing to the safe and efficient realization of scientific objectives on the Z Machine. While opportunities to engage in myriad problems across Center 01600 exist, the principal focus of the selected individual will be the performance and continued improvement of the Z SoS as an important and dynamic scientific enterprise based around a one-of-a-kind facility. This role presents opportunities for sustaining and developing highly complex technical systems, engaging customers and stakeholders in the sustainment and improvement of multi-disciplinary systems, and ensuring the highest level of safety in all operations.

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

  • Team with others to study the Z Collaborative SoS
  • Observe and interact with participants and constituent systems
  • Study, coopt, and develop SoS engineering methods as necessary to enable more holistic understanding and analysis of: stakeholders, values/goals, constituent systems, boundaries, constraints, interfaces, and implicit and explicit metrics and expectations
  • Identify, create, and implement descriptive analyses and non-prescriptive tools that foster stronger communication between and encourage cooperation of the SoS participants, ultimately enabling more efficient, scalable, and robust distributed planning and execution of scientific experiments at Z
  • Engage with all and sundry teams that comprise Z planning and execution on a regular basis to aid in the successful execution of well-formed plans according to the desired timelines and schedules
  • Form and propagate a common understanding of the overall shot planning and execution processes amongst all participants to enable broader engagement, more cohesive teaming among varied participants, and more efficient and effective execution
  • Construct and implement novel approaches to observation and measurement of system-level properties of interest to diverse stakeholders with significantly different backgrounds and competencies
  • Interact with teams of scientists, engineers, and technologists across a wide range of disciplines throughout Center 01600 to design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes and systems through basic and applied research


  • Bachelor’s AND Master’s degree in a STEM discipline
  • Two years’ professional experience
  • Experience with computer programming and collaborative software development, including version control software
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Experience with System-of-Systems (SoS) engineering problems, following the DoD Wave Model or equivalent SoS engineering methods
  • Multidisciplinary technical knowledge (e.g., physics, engineering, modeling and simulation, etc.) and competencies conducive to ready teaming in the position
  • Experience working in large-scale scientific research facilities and with large-scale scientific datasets
  • Experience with applied statistics for sociotechnical systems as well as experience with exploratory and predictive data analysis, including data wrangling, conditioning, evaluation of veracity, and effective presentation
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder design problems and multi-stakeholder negotiations
  • Familiarity with research in socio-technical systems engineering
  • Familiarity with research in the philosophy of technology
  • Experience with D3, R, Pandas, or similar packages
  • Experience in systems thinking and/or systems dynamics
  • Experience developing ASP.NET applications with SQL server
  • Experience with web-based programming, modeling and simulation (e.g., NetLogo, Arena, ExtendSim), model-based systems engineering (e.g. Vitech CORE), and/or LabVIEW
  • Experience in operations research and industrial engineering
  • Excellent speaking, writing, and presentation skills

Department Description:

Department 01679, Z Pulsed Power & Systems, is responsible for the Z pulsed power driver capability in service of national High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) science programs. The department is composed of a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists working together to provide responsible stewardship of this important national asset.

In addition to the responsibilities for the Z pulsed power driver, Department 01679 is intimately involved with the concept of operations underlying the use of the Z facility as a unique scientific capability. A complex interplay of human and technological systems simultaneously must be efficiently facilitated and continuously improved, on both tactical and strategic timescales, in order to enable ever-growing capabilities in a broadly multi-disciplinary environment.

The Z Machine’s ability to generate well above 20 million Amperes with power in the hundreds of trillions of Watts enables research that provides critical data relevant to both non-nuclear components and nuclear explosives packages in partnership with LANL and LLNL as part of the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program. Additionally, Z is active in fundamental science and fusion research and is an award-winning, internationally recognized experimental facility.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT