Manager, Nuclear Facility Operations

Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 31 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Manager, Nuclear Facility Operations

The Nuclear Facility Operations Manager oversees and manages members of the workforce within the department who provide the expertise to operate nuclear facilities and complex nuclear programmatic equipment, such as unique nuclear research reactors. The manager coordinates subordinate employee recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition and disciplinary actions and ensures that adequate rigor and formality of operations is maintained at the nuclear facilities. The manager ensures that the Safety Basis documents for the facility are up to date and implemented correctly and that customer needs are satisfied by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements.

Department Description:

Nuclear Facilities Operations, Department, (1381), provides operational management of the nuclear reactor facilities within TA-V. These facilities include the Annular Core Research Reactor Facility and the Sandia Pulsed Reactor Facility/Critical Experiments Reactor. These reactors are used in the conduct of experiments for a wide variety of programmatic customers.

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 schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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*These benefits vary by job classification.

EEO Statement:

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.


  • You have a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering or related scientific, technical, or engineering discipline plus eight or more years of relevant experience.
  • Your background includes 5 or more years of experience in nuclear operations
  • You bring experience interacting with regulatory agencies
  • You possess experience in physics and reactor theory as it related to nuclear facility safety
  • You are able to obtain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • Minimum or two years of demonstrated leadership experience
  • Active L or Q clearance
  • 5 years of experience in management of nuclear operations
  • 5 years of experience in nuclear reactor operations
  • An advanced degree in nuclear engineering or related scientific, technical, or engineering discipline Knowledge of and experience with DOE nuclear facility safety bases including Documented Safety Analysis, Technical Safety Requirements, and Unreviewed Safety Questions
  • Knowledge of and experience with Sandia nuclear facilities, polices, and processes

Security Clearance:

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

Sandia is required by DOE 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 must be able to obtain and 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.