Engineering Program/Project Lead - Physical Biosecurity (Experienced) at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

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Posting Duration

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a dedicated Engineering Program/Project Lead to apply their technical expertise in Physical Biosecurity to conduct research and/or analyses to assess biological risks and/or biological threats globally. Join us for an exciting and outstanding opportunity to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!
The selected applicant will use a breadth of knowledge across several specialized fields for applications in chemical/biological security and risk management to develop teams, proposals, and projects. Exciting and unique opportunity
On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Direct technical projects or scientific research which may involve multi-disciplinary activities and be recognized as an expert in engineered physical security and laboratory assessment.
  • Use technical expertise in the life sciences and public health to apply existing mitigation measures to reduce biological risks globally or establish novel methods to reduce risk and expand our risk reduction methodologies.
  • Lead or participate in remote and in person training activities related to topics such as biological risk management, biosecurity (First Responder/Law Enforcement/Military and Biosecurity), Engineered Security (Physical security engineering and life sciences facilities), and Cyber biosecurity (cybersecurity and biosecurity).
  • Engage scientifically with R&D managers, government sponsors, or international collaborators on issues related biological risk reduction and/or prevention, detection, and control of infectious disease outbreaks.
This position will require domestic and international travel, including to low, medium, and high-risk countries (up to 25-30% per year).

Qualifications We Require

  • Master's degree in the Life Sciences, Engineering, or Public Health plus one (1) year relevant experience or Bachelor's degree in stated fields plus five (5) years'
  • Experience in the development and execution of biological/chemical risk reduction activities in relation to physical biosecurity and conduct research and/or analyses to assess biological risks and/or biological threats globally.
  • Experience assessing existing, emerging, and novel biological risks including materials, expertise, and technologies.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Fundamental understanding of Biological Risk Management standard methodologies and knowledge of International Security.
  • Experience with development and deployment of solutions that use or address geopolitical challenges, advantages, and relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with complex problems and providing solutions that are innovative and to identify improvements to methods/processes and to implement them as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex technical information and systems issues to domestic/international partners verbally and in writing and mastering international intercultural business negotiations.
  • Professional certifications in relevant technical areas.
  • Experience in biological weapons nonproliferation and/or counter-bioterrorism policy, and an understanding of regulations and policies, international and domestic, related to dangerous biological materials.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering table-top exercises with a focus on biosecurity related capacity development.
  • Demonstrated success in securing sponsored funding to develop new initiatives, interacting with sponsors, and successfully carrying out biological/chemical threat reduction projects.
  • Active L or Q security clearance

About Our Team

We focus on advancing international global threat reduction goals by promoting safe, secure and responsible use of dangerous chemical and biological materials around the globe. The GCBS program provides specific technical advice to the US Government on issues related to countering the use of chemical and biological materials as weapons according to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention, and other global security measures. GCBS executes projects in the following areas: security system analysis, design and implementation; chemical and biological risk prioritization; outbreak control and management; information control & management; training in the areas of biosafety, chemical safety, security, risk awareness, lab design and upgrades, disease surveillance and diagnostics, and related topics; and global, regional, and country-specific analysis and assessments. These projects involve both US interests as well as those of various foreign countries and international organizations. For more information, please visit

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.


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.
More Information on Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA. Sandia National Laboratories was founded in 1949. It has 10001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 2 open jobs at Sandia National Laboratories, click here.
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