Director, Data Analytics & AI Research


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.

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

Regular/Temporary Regular

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

consequence work.

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.

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 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.