What Your Job Will Be Like
Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? If so, we encourage you to explore this new and exciting opportunity!
Sandia National Laboratories’ Aerospace Systems Analysis Department is seeking highly qualified aeronautical and aerospace engineers to explore and develop new and existing flight system concepts. You may be called to draw upon your experience, knowledge, and interest in applied aerodynamics, flight mechanics, and flight system design to:
Work as a member of high performing, passionate, multi-disciplinary teams
Support the design, development, and flight test of novel aerospace flight systems including advanced hypersonic flight vehicles, reentry bodies, and rocket systems
Develop multi-fidelity aerodynamic and flight performance models using analytic/computational aerodynamic methods/tools and wind tunnel testing
Conduct detailed aerodynamic characteristics analyses including vehicle performance, stability, and control
Create and optimize 3DOF/6DOF trajectory simulations of complex multi-body flight systems for performance analysis and mission requirement verification/development
Create system models and apply multi-disciplinary design and optimization methods/tools for conceptual design trade space analysis
Conduct flight safety analysis and support flight test operations at launch sites and remote ranges
Qualifications We Require
You have a Master's (M.S. or M.E.) or Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related STEM discipline;
or a Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related STEM discipline plus two (2) years of relevant experience.
Your education and experience demonstrates knowledge of aerodynamics and application to the design, modeling, simulation, optimization, and analysis of aerospace flight systems.
Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q-level clearance.
Qualifications We Desire
Demonstrated verbal and written communication/presentation skills
Ability to collaborate and contribute as a member of multi-disciplinary team
Experience with aerodynamic prediction codes, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and wind-tunnel testing
Experience in developing and deploying multi-fidelity aerodynamic and flight performance models in multi-disciplinary design, optimization, and 3DOF/6DOF trajectory simulation environments
Experience with the capabilities, use, and application of MATLAB®, Simulink®, Python™, C/C++, or other modern programming languages
Experience in high performance computing and technical software development
Currently possess an active DOE or DoD clearance
About Our Team
The Aerospace Systems Analysis Department provides expertise and technical leadership in the areas of:
multi-fidelity applied aerodynamics,
flight dynamics analysis,
multi-body dynamics analysis design,
flight testing & flight safety analysis, and
test range operations support.
These disciplines are applied to a wide range of flight systems operating from subsonic through hypersonic flight regimes. The Aerospace Systems Analysis Department actively explores and develops advanced flight system concepts leading to next-generation design, development, and flight test demonstration of pathfinder hypersonic technologies, launch vehicles, and reentry flight systems.
Staff members are integral flight test project team members; active in all aspects of vehicle design, mission planning, flight test execution, and post-test analysis. We routinely support rocket launch and flight test operations at Sandia’s Kauai Test Facility and other national test ranges. We provide technical excellence in aerospace design and concept application for U.S. Department of Energy defense programs and flight system projects funded through the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, NASA, and industry partners.
Examples of Sandia’s rocket and flight system programs include:
High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket Program:
“It Really Is Rocket Science!”:
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
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*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
- These benefits vary by job classification.
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 need to 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.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.