Sandia National Laboratories R&D Chemical Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D Chemical Engineer

Lead the Planning, Conduct, and Reporting of Field and/or Laboratory Experiments involving high explosives and combustion materials

Leveraging existing Site 9920 explosive test facilities and capabilities, help our customers with their challenging problems involving explosive applications and/or explosive effects.

Perform fast running and/or hi fidelity air blast and/or blast effects predictions using SDOF, FE and/or CFD methods to inform field test setup and execution.

Develop, coordinate, and oversee hands-on (i.e. activity level work) tasks with a broad range of support personnel that includes technologists, engineers, and support contractors.

Assure hands-on, activity work tasks are planned and executed in compliance with Corporate Engineered Safety principles and practices, and Work Planning and Control Processes.

The successful candidate must be willing to work at a remote explosive test site, often times outdoors in an uncontrolled and hot or cold environment


Bachelors and Master’s Degree in relevant STEM discipline (Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or Physics) plus five or more years experience.

The requirement for a STEM Master’s degree can be waived for candidates with a bachelor’s in a relevant STEM discipline and engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent R&D. A minimum of 10 years demonstrated experience in a R&D position.


  • PhD in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or Physics.
  • Active Q clearence or DOE clearence

Department Description:

The Explosives Research & Development Department (6648) plans and conducts explosive field tests and training events at Explosive Test Site 9920, and occasionally at other off-site locations. Field tests involve the detonation of military or commercial grade high explosives and initiating components using electric and non-electronic firing sets. Training activities involve containment and explosive disablement for a wide range of US and international customers. We support internal and external organizations involved in Nuclear Security (Domestic and International), Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, and Domestic/International Counterterrorism. Explosive Test Site 9920 consists of 6 outdoor test pads/arenas and 2 specialized explosive test facilities. Our work routinely involves the fielding of a wide range of active data collection techniques like time of arrival, pressure, Photo Doppler Velocimetry (PDV), high speed video imaging, and flash x-ray. Site activities include preparing, building, staging, and cleanup of explosive test events.

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 drug testing, and 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