Research & Development, Mechanical Engineer (Mid-Career)
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated R&D, Mechanical Engineer to work both independently and with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to design, execute and analyze design studies and experiments. You will have a chance to work within both Sandia’s wind and water power technologies groups. Example tasks include: integrating new sensors into a wind turbine control system, design of wave energy converter controllers and power take-off (PTO) mechanisms, developing software tools to aid design tasks or data processing, supporting field experiments on research wind turbines, managing software configurations and upgrades, and documenting work through peer-review publications.

On any given day, you may be called on to:
Use computational tools to design, analyze and test advanced wind turbine and wind plant control concepts to enhance the capabilities and value of wind energy systems in new applications such as microgrids and hybrid power systems;
Conduct control simulations of energy systems incorporating using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid prototyping experiments;
Support field testing at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility using the department’s research turbines and the adjacent hybrid microgrid system;
Support testing at the Sandia Wave Energy Power Take-off (SWEPT) Lab of wave energy systems;
Communicate research results effectively through written, oral, and other creative media methods to appropriate stakeholders, including the funding customer;
Participate in developing new business through idea generation, proposal writing, and networking opportunities;
Partner with other researchers and departments across Sandia that work on energy systems;
Partner and team on technical results documentation, execute on professional networking and develop ideas in the form of new work proposals.
Qualifications We Require

Master's plus one year of experience or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant STEM discipline; OR equivalent combination of education and experience;
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance.
Qualifications We Desire

Experience or commensurate educational background with:
Hardware in the loop
Rapid Prototyping
Lab or fabrication experience
Testing Experience
Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

About Our Team

Sandia's Water Power Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of water power technologies. The primary focus area of the department's work is Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK) research with lower levels of effort in Offshore Wind (OW) and Hydropower. The department is responsible for all aspects of Marine Hydrokinetic device design, performance, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations for the Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and in collaboration with industry partners. Offshore Wind Energy activities currently include Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) design and analysis and foundation scour. Hydropower efforts focus on seasonal simulation and optimization. Through partnerships with industry, academia, other National Labs, and public dissemination of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy security for the nation

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

  • These benefits vary by job classification.
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 need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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 the 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, disability, or veteran status.