R&D System Research Analysis Part-Time (Member or Senior)
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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R&D S&E, Syst Rese Analy MM

Job Summary

Job Specifications: Part-time Position

A position exists for systems dynamics modeling support and stakeholder outreach to support an ongoing development in resource prioritization. The successful candidate will work with NISAC researchers on model development, using collaborative multi-disciplinary development.

Part-Time: 10 hrs/wk; Monday-Friday (to meet business needs)

Job Summary:
Applies integrated technical judgment--which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses--to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's scientific programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Researches, evaluates, designs, and develops system solutions addressing national security challenges. Provides decision insight to customers in ill-defined or complex multi-domain problem areas by applying critical thinking using a diversity of technical skills and expertise, and effectively communicating results of analyses to explain options and trade-offs. Develops and negotiates problem scope and requirements with decision makers to address near- and long-term problems with complex technical components. Formally defines problems, formulates solution requirements, develops technical approaches, gathers information from a variety of sources, and applies analytical and modeling methods from mathematics, the sciences, and engineering to illuminate, modify or create system architectures, and perform objective assessments. Develops, evaluates, and utilizes analytical and computational tools for the evaluation of complex systems and systems-of-systems. Creates analytical frameworks germane to stakeholder objectives and evaluates competing characteristics between system elements to determine the most effective integrated system solution(s). Uses a multidisciplinary approach and teams as appropriate to model interfaces and interactions between the components of complex systems.

Primary Job Duties

-Plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors.
-Formally defines problem to be solved and formulates solution requirements, working with decision-maker(s) to refine solution space
-Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development.
-Undertakes systematic investigation, analysis or experimentation to discover or revise knowledge of system phenomena, and discovers new approaches to optimizing system performance.
-Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
-Creates and applies an analytic framework that utilizes quantitative and qualitative measures of effectiveness germane to stakeholder's objectives.
-Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies, or to forecast their behavior under expected and emergent/unexpected conditions.
-Builds and works with multi-disciplinary teams to incorporate necessary subject matter expertise and domain knowledge for gaining an intimate knowledge of the system and its linkages and influences.
-Seeks knowledge of how to affect system performance while deploying new capabilities in complex systems.
-Develops novel analysis tools and techniques, and applies analysis skills and domain knowledge to understand and interpret model results, and evaluate options within the framework developed. Includes developing conceptual, descriptive, numerical or computational system models of complex systems.
-Communicates results to explain options, insights, and trade-offs to customers in a concise way that enables action.
-Contributes to technical publications and delivers presentations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position.
-Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific, mathematical, and engineering methods.
-Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing projects.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and experience implementing Sandia policies affecting projects and initiatives.
-Demonstrated ability to team across all disciplines.
-Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex system issues and ideas to customers and stakeholders at all levels of government within the United States as well as internationally.


-Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline plus 2+ yrs. experience; or Master's degree in relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e., Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis, or related field).

-Ability to thrive in a dynamic work environment -- Excellent teaming and customer relation skills
-Strong interest and a record of achievement in one or more of the following technical areas: net
work modeling and analysis, complex adaptive systems analysis, system dynamics modeling, agent based modeling, data analysis capable of mining big data streams, risk assessment, uncertainty quantification (UQ).
-Success in this position requires strong computer model development and analysis skills and experience in gathering and assimilating customer requirements.
-Excellent verbal and writing skills especially as evidenced in past project roles and documentation written for past projects.
-Experience working closely with customers and other department members to negotiate and continually update analysis requirements and ensure our products meet their needs.


Security Clearance

No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.


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