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1600 R&D Director, Pulsed Power Sciences

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7257005 (Ref:Sa693619)

Posted: July 13, 2024

Job Description

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

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:

$221,000 - $375,700

*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:

Join a Thriving Team Shaping the Future: Are you a dynamic and driven leader? We invite you to take the helm as the director of Sandia’s Pulsed Power Sciences center . Your opportunity awaits to lead a team of dedicated engineers and technologists working in tandem to redefine the future of pulsed power technology.

Drive Sandia's Mission Forward: Develop and apply pulsed-power technology to expand the frontiers of high-energy-density-science, fusion, and extreme radiation environments with the primary goals to provide essential data for the Nation’s nuclear stockpile, to inform present and future stockpile decisions, and to be an engine of discovery for national security.

Collaborate for Impact: Our center is most famous as the home of the Z machine , the world’s largest pulsed power machine. In addition to collaborating with LANL and LLNL on a wide range of High Energy Density (HED) physics to support the nuclear explosive package, we also utilize Z and its other facilities for various stockpile stewardship science applications. Furthermore, we work in partnership with the Radiation and Electrical Science Center to support radiation effects research. We also support dynamic materials research for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) and Strategic Partnership Programs (SPP) projects with the Shock Thermodynamic Applied Research facility (STAR ) and the Dynamic Integrated Compression Experimental facility (DICE) .

Make Your Mark: This role offers you the chance to leave a lasting mark on Sandia's legacy. As the director of Sandia’s Pulsed Power Sciences center, you'll shape not only our team's success but the trajectory of national security and pulsed power science and technology on a broader scale.

If you're ready to drive change, cultivate excellence and lead in an ever-changing world, we invite you to apply. Join us at Sandia and be the driving force that transforms challenges into triumphs, while leaving an indelible mark on the future. Your journey starts here.

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

  • Functioning as the Center 1600 line director (i.e., leading the workforce and managing the facilities). The Center is composed of 29 members of management and roughly 300 individual contributors.
  • Serving as the Sandia Program Executive for NNSA’s NA-113 Inertial Confinement Fusion and Assessment Science programs. (i.e., manage dollars and set priorities for how those dollars will be allocated)
  • Co-chairing the Radiation, Electrical, and High Energy Density Science (REHEDS) Research Foundation (i.e., steward a major research capability area for the laboratory, which includes responsibility for LDRD decisions in this Research Foundation)
  • Leading the Center to conduct forefront research, testing, development, engineering, and facility operations in a cost-effective manner with timely delivery of high-quality, technically excellent products in full compliance with applicable requirements.
  • Steward and advance all facilities of the Pulsed Power Sciences Center and collaborate to develop and realize plans for sustaining these facilities or realizing replacement facility options.
  • Responding to opportunities and requirements to develop support for the development of Sandia capabilities for all of our mission areas.
  • Establishing and maintaining transparent and effective relationships with customers and with local and HQ NNSA officials that effectively address and balance the spheres of influence and authority of these customers and officials.
  • Leading capability and portfolio development and implementation for the Center across multiple business segments and partner with internal and external customers to clearly define their needs.
  • Participating in business excellence initiatives and demonstrating continuous improvement.
  • Establishing key performance indicators and regular metric-based reporting.
  • Managing direct reports effectively and ensuring effective management in Groups and Departments within the Center.
  • Conducting activities in a safe and secure manner and working in accordance with established ES&H requirements to ensure the protection of employees, the public, and the environment.
  • Travel required.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work on-site.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A PhD in physics, engineering or a closely associated technical field.
  • Minimum of 8 years progressive leadership experience or line management activities relevant to pulsed power science or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive experience interacting with other laboratories, government representatives, internal and external customers, or suppliers at all levels to negotiate, plan and deliver on customer requirements.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in scientific and technical fields associated with the missions of the Pulsed Power Sciences Center.
  • A record of personal contributions to Science & Technology (S&T), as well as engagement with and recognition by the national/international S&T community.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to excellence in formality of operations associated with hazardous facilities and experimental capabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in some aspect of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.
  • Demonstrated success in advancing an organization’s influence in issues of national importance and in an environment of strong technical competition and limited funding.
  • An active DOE "Q" level clearance required to start and the ability to maintain it.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with the NNSA Science Campaign and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program.
  • Broad understanding of Sandia’s nuclear weapons mission or other Sandia programs.
  • Established relationships with the Center’s key stakeholders.
  • Experience managing large-scale, hazardous experimental facilities.
  • Experience leading Programs for a national security customer.
  • Extensive relationships with the DOE Office of Science and/or the national academic community.

About Our Team:

The Science & Technology Division (1000) is responsible for research and development in physics and chemistry, microelectronics, computer science and engineering simulations, radiation effects and pulsed power sciences, and materials science. We translate research into products through our advanced manufacturing capability and component engineering role.

Center 1600's research is focused on creating, diagnosing, and modeling intense, submicrosecond, repetitive pulses of x rays and energetic beams for a wide variety of applications.

Our center is most famous as the home of the Z machine, the world’s largest pulsed power machine. Z is part of a science-based stockpile stewardship program intended to ensure our nation’s nuclear deterrent in the absence of underground testing, including the technical expertise and judgment of its workforce. We partner with universities on fundamental science relevant to planetary formation, neutron stars, the physics of our sun, and much more. We are one of the NNSA’s primary stewards of fast pulsed power expertise and we apply that expertise to improve our existing pulsed power machines and to build new capabilities for the nation.

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:

Position 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.


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: 693619

Job Family: EX

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posting number:#7257005 (Ref:Sa693619)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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