R&D Manager, Dynamic Material Properties (1646)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

We are seeking an R&D Manager for the Dynamic Material Properties Department (1646).

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

  • Provide leadership and coordination of the department’s research activities
  • Ensure close coupling between theory, experiment and facility
  • Work closely with facility and diagnostic development organizations to assure safe and effective experimental activities
  • Help integrate the group’s research within the center, laboratories and national community
  • Manage Sandia’s Dynamic Materials and Advanced Certification sub-programs within the NNSA Experimental Sciences Programs
  • Ensure career growth for department members, recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition and disciplinary actions
  • Ensure a culture that promotes safety and security, as well as a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Advocate Sandia’s programs in the national and international communities
  • Strengthen partnerships to enrich relationships, leverage strengths, and amplify our mission impact
  • Collaborate with group and center management on strategic and tactical planning and execution


  • Bachelor's and Master’s degree in a relevant STEM discipline
  • Eight years’ relevant experience
  • Experience with experimentation in shock physics, dynamic material properties, material science, explosives, or closely related discipline
  • Experience with operations associated with high-risk facilities such as high-voltage systems, laser diagnostics, and gas guns
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • PhD in a relevant STEM discipline
  • 2 years of leadership experience
  • Knowledge of the requirements for material properties in the stockpile stewardship and stockpile modernization programs
  • Knowledge of National Security programs, including experience with DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) defense programs
  • National/international reputation in your technical area of expertise, demonstrated in a publication record
  • Ability to develop collaborations with external organizations
  • Success in advancing an organization’s influence in issues of national importance in an environment of strong technical competition and limited funding
  • History of technical innovation and leading cutting-edge research

Department Description:

The Dynamic Materials Properties Department at Sandia National Laboratories (Department 1646) focuses on experimental high-pressure physics using dynamic loading techniques. Our research includes understanding a material’s equation of state, phase transitions, and constitutive properties. The group primarily uses Sandia’s dynamic drivers: the high-velocity gas guns at the STAR facility and the most powerful pulsed-power facility in the world, the 26 million ampere Z facility. The group also has smaller efforts at offsite facilities such as the NIF, the OMEGA Laser facility, and at the Advanced Photon Source. The department primarily uses shock and shockless compression methods to obtain high pressure data. A particularly exciting area of emerging interest is the study of material properties in regions of phase space that are both off-Hugoniot and off the principal isentrope. The department is responsible for designing, executing, diagnosing, and analyzing dynamic materials properties experiments on the Z facility, and at Sandia National Laboratories’ DICE and STAR facilities. Our research often involves Tri-Lab collaborations and we support a broad range of national security efforts.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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