Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Systems Integration/Implementation Professional-Radiological Physical Protection (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security?

We are seeking an engineer who will serve as a physical protection expert (PPE) on a team improving and sustaining physical security systems at civilian facilities that use radioactive materials as part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Radiological Security (ORS) program. The program works with governments, law enforcement, and businesses across the globe to improve radiological security by providing world-class security upgrades, expertise, training, source recovery, and alternative technology strategies to users of radioactive sources. Your work will entail conducting analyses of physical security, creating physical security system upgrade designs, evaluating cost estimates for upgrading security systems, running upgrade implementation projects, and working with facility partners to sustain their systems.

On any given day, your typical activities could include:

  • Frequent domestic and possibly some international travel (up to 40%)
  • Interactions with government officials, facility partners, and suppliers
  • Assessing site physical security performance
  • Participation in contract negotiations
  • Contributing to the project management of multiple, concurrent projects, and documenting designs and site security characteristics performance in ORS required tools


  • You have a master’s degree in a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience (PhD; Bachelor's plus 4 years; Associate's plus 8 years; 12 years’ experience with no degree); related degree fields include: mechanical, electrical/computer, civil, nuclear, industrial, or systems engineering
  • You can obtain a DOE "Q" security clearance


Ideally, your background will also include:

  • Understanding of physical protection methodologies
  • Knowledge of leading-edge security systems, designs, and software
  • Experience designing, testing, auditing, and evaluating security systems
  • Experience conducting physical security analyses at high-risk facilities (e.g., nuclear reactor or high-activity radiological facilities)
  • Knowledge of radiological source applications and facility types, as well as national security risks
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people at all working levels, both inside and outside Sandia, coupled with a customer-centric attitude
  • Demonstrated skills in project management and/or project leadership
  • Ability to succeed in a high-pressure environment
  • Familiarity with computer networks/cyber security associated with physical security systems
  • Physical security certification
  • Strong communication skills (including verbal and written reports and presentations)
  • Proven ability to document technical designs or technical testing with attention to details
  • Demonstrated engineering related problem-solving abilities
  • Experience working independently and as a team member

Department Description:

The Domestic Radiation/Nuclear Security and Analysis group supports the government’s Countering Nuclear Terrorism (CNT) effort by improving the protection of radiological and nuclear (rad/nuc) material and performing system studies that address nuclear terrorism threats. The Department develops physical security upgrades for domestic rad/nuc sites using a systematic life-cycle approach including analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, training, and sustainment. The department also performs independent analysis and studies that are used to provide insights and advice to executives and government agencies on policy and investment decisions in CNT. The department has expertise in physical security systems, project management, radiological and nuclear terrorism risk analysis, nuclear engineering, and health physics. The department’s main customer is DOE/NNSA-21 Global Material Security (GMS).

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.