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R&D Electrical Engineer-Joint Test Assembly (Early/Mid Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
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The B61-12 JTA PRT is executing the product realization of the Joint Test Assembly body to be used in the development, qualification and stockpile evaluation of the B61-12. The selected candidate will have a very unique opportunity to contribute to the development and evaluation of the first encrypted JTA telemetry system, the largest JTA data stream Sandia has deployed, and a system that will be used to evaluate the B61-12 stockpile for at least 20 years. Executing this job will include working in some of Sandia’s best test facilities, working in the very modern B61-12 assembly facility, working on the flight line with F-15, F-16 and B-2 aircraft, and interfacing with staff from LANL, KCNSC, Boeing, and the AF.

The successful candidate must have the ability to support moderate travel (10 trips/year). On any given day, this R&D Electrical Engineer on the JTA systems team may be called upon to:

  • lead JTA anomaly resolutions
  • develop the B61-12 system requirements for JTA test data management for tests at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR) and support the qualification of the TTR telemetry ground station
  • support planning and execution of JTA ground and flight tests including the operation of JTA ground station equipment
  • support analysis and distribution of JTA data sets
  • support flight line testing operations for JTA tests including keying encryption devices

Department Description:

Sandia has a large design and system integration responsibility for the life extension of the B61 bomb. To execute this responsibility, a number of different design departments have been established. These departments work closely with each other and with other agencies within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (e.g., NNSA, Kansas City Plant, Pantex Plant) and within the DoD (e.g., Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center) to execute the B61 LEP. The B61-12 Non-WR Systems Engineering department (2324) is responsible for the design, development and qualification of the B61-12 Joint Test Assembly, the B61-12 Trainers, the B61-12 Compatibility Test Units used to establish aircraft compatibility and the Air Force (AF) contracted Flight Bodies used by the AF for development and qualification of the B61-12 Tailkit Assembly (TKA). In addition to these hardware developments, the department is responsible for planning and development of the B6-12 surveillance program once the weapon enters the stockpile. The teams working in the department are small, agile, multi-disciplinary, and tight-knit. The work they conduct is dynamic and very unique.

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) 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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT



  1. Bachelor’s AND advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in electrical engineering or relevant engineering field; or bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with 4 years relevant electrical engineering experience.
  2. Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  1. Experience with telemetry design, RF engineering and testing.
  2. Experience using Matlab and data analysis tools.
  3. Experience analyzing large data sets.
  4. Experience with the design, development and qualification of nuclear weapons.
  5. Experience with the nuclear weapon design definition system.
  6. Experience working with Pantex.
  7. Experience developing functional testers.
  8. Knowledge of the B61-12 system electrical system.
  9. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  10. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

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