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Manager, Energy Innovation Department

Sandia National Labs

Livermore, California
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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.

Department Description:

The Energy Innovation Department is a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists that creates game-changing technologies to advance the use of clean energy. Collaborative expertise in engineering and materials science is focused on topics in energy storage, heat transfer, and energy conversion. Work in the group spans theory, modeling, applied experimentation, and electro/mechanical design.

The department invented the Sandia Cooler, a device where heat is efficiently transferred from a stationary base plate to a rotating structure that combines the functionality of cooling fins with a centrifugal impeller. The Cooler technology has motivated an understanding of fluid mechanics and the transfer of heat in the rotating frame which is now leading to wider applications, as well as scaling to larger systems, such as efficient heat pumps for buildings. The department is involved in large-scale green energy generation and storage as well as improvements to energy-consuming devices for which a large impact can be achieved. A multi-disciplined approach is used to invent valuable “outside-of-the-box” solutions aimed at addressing energy security and strengthening U.S. competitiveness.

The department also leads hydrogen/materials and plasma diagnostics contributions for the DOE/SC Fusion Energy Sciences office. The department operates several experimental laboratories and has several members located in Albuquerque and San Diego (embedded with General Atomics)

Job Description:

Builds an enduring research and development program with a stable funding base in the area of energy efficiency. Develops and communicates a vision and strategy to focus the talents of the energy innovation team. Engages new sponsors, either industrial, state, or federal, and partners with Sandia Energy & Climate program leadership for projects that align with existing federal sponsors. Develops partnerships within the Laboratory (California and New Mexico), with other national laboratories, and industry.

Provides support to the fusion science research team and the Sandia fusion program manager, a senior staff member in the department.

Safely operates the laboratories and protects intellectual property. Responsible for the safe operation of the Chemistry, Combustion, and Materials Center light machine shop.

Oversees and manages members of the workforce within the department. Coordinates subordinate employee recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition and disciplinary actions. Ensures that customer needs are satisfied by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements. Balances the acquisition and development of staff resources, capabilities, and existing and future projects or programs. Oversees work that is rooted in the fundamentals of science and engineering and requires a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Oversees the creation and application of scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Oversees physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Oversees and manages Sandia's scientific programs from fundamental research through development and demonstration.

Guides the work of the department. Understands the work of the organization and connects the work and expertise of the organization with potential beneficiaries, collaborators, and customers. Promotes excellence by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements. Ensures that customer needs are satisfied through the creation of trust-based relationships. Applies organization knowledge and experience to independently judge work quality, performance, and alignment of results with customer expectations. Oversees and manages members of the workforce, within the organization, including hiring, professional development, and assessment and performance management, consistent with the mission of the organization. Counsels and assists employees and management on government legislation, U.S. Department of Energy contract compliance, and Sandia National Laboratories' policies or procedures to ensure compliance.

Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values. Expertise and competencies appropriate to the organization. Demonstrated knowledge in department roles. Knowledge and demonstrated characteristics of Sandia's Full Spectrum Leadership model. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage and complete multiple programs and projects. Knowledge of company policies and procedures and ability to recommend modifications to Sandia's Corporate Policy System operating policies. Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills. Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including the ability to build and manage effective working relationships. Demonstrated ability to deliver results, effectively manage people, and guide multidisciplinary teams. Ability to mentor and lead the organization on department tasks and organizational goals and objects. Knowledge of technical business development (may only apply to certain organizations). Knowledge of Sandia's safety and security rules and guidelines. Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks. Ability to work with sensitive information and classified matter.


At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT



PhD degree in engineering or physical science, with a record of scientific contribution and innovation. Must also have eight or more years of relevant experience.

Demonstrated leadership of multifunctional teams, successful program development, and execution of research programs.

Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.

Able to travel on a monthly basis.

Knowledge and demonstrated characteristics of Sandia’s Full Spectrum Leadership model: shaping the future, building effective relationships, delivering results, modeling personal excellence, integrity and accountability, and energizing a team to perform.


Working experience with energy conversion, storage technology, and heat transfer.

Demonstrated ability to partner closely with technical staff and managers across organizations.

Demonstrated ability to manage experimental laboratories and ES&H requirements.

Experience with the patent process and intellectual property management.

Demonstrated ability to identify, attract, recruit, mentor, and retain excellent technical staff.

Demonstrated program development success with customers external to Sandia.

Familiarity with DOE/EERE programs and leadership.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

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