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Sandia National Laboratories Nuclear Reactor Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.


Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security! Sandia National Laboratories offers challenging work and flexible schedules and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance!

You could be the highly motivated individual to be part of our diverse Nuclear Facilities team. You will support the Annular Core Research Reactor and the Critical Experiments Reactor. Are you passionate about becoming a certified reactor operator?

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

  • Perform Reactor Engineer/Operator duties, which includes operating a reactor as a certified Reactor Operator

  • Help prepare and handle experiment packages which may involve crane operations.

  • Maintain and repair reactor systems and associated support equipment which may involve forklift operations

  • Support experiment plan development and execution at nuclear facilities, radiological facilities, and reactors

  • Ensure that facility operations align with the framework of a strong nuclear safety culture and implement effective operational decision-making

  • Prepare and present technical reports and presentations for professional organizations and user groups

    Join our team and attain your dreams while making a difference!


  • You will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant scientific, technical or engineering discipline and 5 year’s relevant experience or equivalent combination of education plus experience, or completion of Nuclear Navy School plus 5 years’ relevant experience

  • Experience at a nuclear reactor facility in operations/maintenance

  • Within one year from hire date you will pass the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) Facility Operations Staff and Training and Certification Requirements

  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoE Q security clearance


  • Current or previous qualifications as a Reactor Operator

  • Knowledge of SNL Reactor

  • Experience maintaining and repairing Reactor Instrumentation and Control Systems

  • Familiarity with DOE nuclear facility requirements

  • Ability to complete complex assignments with minimal management guidance

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, initiative and organizational skills to handle multiple tasks and deadlines

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Current DOE Q security clearance

    Department Description:

    Nuclear Facilities Operations, Department, (1381), provides operational management of nuclear reactor facilities within TA-V. These facilities include the Annular Core Research Reactor Facility and the Sandia Pulsed Reactor Facility. These nuclear facilities are used in the conduct of experiments for a wide variety of programmatic customers. Detailed facility descriptions are captured in the documented safety analysis for each nuclear facility.

    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 work arrangements for many positions include; 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • 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 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.

    EEO Statement:

    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.


    Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

    Job ID: 679741