R&D Laboratory Support Technologist - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7236408 (Ref:Sa693221)

Posted: April 14, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security! You could be the R&D Laboratory Support Technologist we are looking for to join the High Hazard Operations team!

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

  • Assist in the planning and coordination of daily pre-and post-experiment activities.
  • Participate in the develop and implementation of Engineered Safety practices and Work Planning & Controls aligning with ES&H requirements for required work activities.
  • Set up, operate, maintain, and modify commercial and custom-built scientific systems (e.g. Magnetically Insulated Transmission Lines (MITL) and Center Stack).
  • Set up and quality check complex laboratory experiments involving various types of diagnostics.
  • Perform critical lifts with bridge cranes and forklifts, confined space entries, and assist with general laboratory operations (e.g. ordering and stocking consumables, materials movement, housekeeping).
  • Aid and assist many of numerous teams in the facility, which may include mentoring, shadowing, and cross-training job roles in other teams.
  • Individually or with the team, recommend and initiate new concepts and ideas to improve workflow and practices.

This work environment requires extended physical activity while wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), including full Tyvek and respirator (2-6 hours per day); entering and working in confined spaces and non-air-conditioned environments; climbing up and down ladders numerous times a day while wearing PPE; climbing multiple flights of stairs numerous times a day; and bending, twisting, climbing, crawling, crouching, squatting, pushing, and pulling.

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • High School diploma or equivalent and three years relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience in the servicing/repair/development of a complex system (electrical, mechanical, electro-mechanical)
  • Experience operating various types of heavy equipment
  • Active DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience working in environments that are high consequence
  • Flexibility to work a variable shift schedule in the day or night
  • Experience in implementing quality principles and standards, using Work Process & Controls
  • Highly self-motivated, adaptable to change, effective collaborator in high-stress situations
  • A documented history of developing new skills and increasing expertise

About Our Team:

Department 01671-1 and 1671-2, High Hazard Operations teams, are a united, interdisciplinary team dedicated to ensuring operational readiness, adaptive execution, and systems analysis for scientific campaigns at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z Machine. Our team is responsible for operating and maintaining commercial and custom-built scientific systems in support of setting up and quality checking complex laboratory experiments involving a diversity of R&D diagnostics. Dedicated quality management, ES&H, and logistics focused teams work together to provide essential mission support for the entire Z facility and its many dynamic mission needs. This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density Science (REHEDS) Research Foundation at Sandia.

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.

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.

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.

Essential Functions:

If offered the position, you may be required to demonstrate your fitness to perform certain physical aspects of the position, including lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 693221

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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