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.
What Your Job Will Be Like
Reporting to the Associate Laboratories Director (ALD)for National Security Programs, the Director of the
Applied Information Sciences (AIS) Center will coordinate and lead a new Information Sciences (IS) initiative at
Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia). This initiative spans and integrates Sandia’s capabilities in data
science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, associated areas of applied math & statistics,
and related next-generation computer development and co-design opportunities to:
Better bridge from fundamental IS research to high-consequence applications
Accelerate the application of Sandia-differentiated IS to existing program portfolios
Create new IS programmatic opportunities and research activities to develop and apply IS architectures,
tools, techniques, workforce, and infrastructure
Enhance the Labs’ IS capabilities to the benefit of Sandia’s sponsors and clients, increasing Sandia’s IS
leadership, and attracting and retaining critical skills in the workforce
The AIS Director, and their leadership team, will be responsible for creating a new Center with an integrated
organizational vision and mission, culture, and workforce and capability stewardship plan. The AIS Director
and their team will also support program development for the breadth of Sandia’s national security missions
including developing proposals, technical demonstrations, and presentations. In collaboration with existing
Program Portfolios, the Director will identify existing and new sponsors requiring IS-related technologies,
capabilities, or products, and will develop new programs with those sponsors. For all program development
activity beyond the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the AIS
Director will ensure that the new programs have national security impact for the programmatic sponsor while
simultaneously developing capabilities supporting core NNSA missions.
On any given day, the AIS Director may be called on to:
Collaborate with other Sandia Directors to produce and execute a labs-wide, multi-year IS Technical
Roadmap, create and convene a Labs-wide IS Director Governance Council, identify investments in IS
capabilities and infrastructure, and create and lead an Investment Area Team (IAT) for AIS in the
Computer Science and Information (CIS) Research Foundation within the Sandia Laboratory-Directed
Research and Development Program.
Represent Sandia’s IS capability to, and answer questions from, senior leadership, DOE/NNSA, officials
from other US government departments and agencies, members of the US Congress or their staff,
members of the press, or state and local officials.
Develop and maintain key relationships (both internal and external) including with academia, other
national laboratories, and industry.
Supervise and influence foundational and emerging research applicable to Sandia-differentiated IS to
help advance the IS Technical Roadmap, knowledge discovery, decision-making and insights, streamline
business practices, or enable new IS capabilities.
Job Title R&D Director, Applied Information Sciences (Artificial Intelligence, Machine
Learning, and Data Analytics)
Job ID 676173
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Build and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Assure safe and secure program execution (Center-level budgets, staffing, and deliverables) and
address performance and execution gaps.
Ensure that budgets, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set and achieved, and that
mission objectives and Sandia and NNSA requirements are effectively met.
Assist the Division ALD and other Center Directors in the stewardship and development of the Division.
Qualifications We Require
Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
Applied Mathematics, OR another relevant STEM field, OR an equivalent business, military, or
management degree in a field featuring IS technologies
Twelve or more years of experience, including eight or more years of managerial and leadership
US DOE Q clearance or equivalent active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD,
required to start and ability and willingness to acquire SCI access which could require polygraph
Qualifications We Desire
PhD degree in a relevant STEM field, or an equivalent business, military, or management degree in a
field featuring IS technologies
Senior management-level strategy development
Ability to lead foundational research in, or high-consequence application of, IS technologies
Strategic vision and demonstrated ability manage a program portfolio to attain organization-wide
objectives; proven track record of developing and sustaining customer relationships.
Ability to build a shared vision; encourage others to action; set clear direction; establish plans consistent
with that direction.
Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic and lean environment and to deal creatively with resource
constraint issues and uncertainty.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities, mediate conflict, and apply
leadership concepts and techniques.
Demonstrated experience in building effective partnerships; dedication to diversity; exemplary
interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience and results in implementing engineered safety principles for high
Excellent teamwork capability and the demonstrated ability to be a trusted, encouraging, and an effective
member of a leadership team.
An active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active Top Secret
clearance with another US government agency
About Our Team
The AIS Center is a newly-formed organization in Sandia’s National Security Programs Division. The Division
stewards fundamental DOE/NNSA capabilities applicable to all Sandia programs and provides trusted, threat-
informed pathfinder technologies for national security through the delivery of advanced defense, deterrent and
intelligence technology, and analysis to strengthen our nation’s defenders.
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 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: 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 and SCI
access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you
hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of
access 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected
class under state or federal law.