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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Applied Systems Analysis and Research (MSIPP) - R&D Graduate Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle team is seeking graduate students inspired to make a difference in the world by tackling the challenging problem of nuclear waste disposal. You will be working alongside experts in the science and engineering of deep geologic disposal on international collaborations that close knowledge gaps, build confidence in disposal options, and develop the tools needed for disposal concept implementation.

Multiple positions are available; successful candidates will engage in projects that align with their skills and interests. You may participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Implement models of the processes affecting radionuclide release and transport in the subsurface

  • Support experimental work to characterize the evolution of engineered and natural materials in a repository

  • Apply software programming skills to problems of simulation, visualization, or data collection and processing

  • Apply methods of machine learning, data analytics, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, or inverse modeling to a variety of problems

  • Develop publications and presentations

  • Participate in the earth and energy systems summer intern program


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.


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.


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Earned bachelor's degree

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.

Qualified candidates must be currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring 2022) in an accredited program in science, engineering, and/or math at one of the institutions in the NNSA Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (


  • Enrolled in a graduate program in a STEM field such as earth science, chemistry, physics, or math; civil or environmental engineering; mechanical, chemical, or nuclear engineering

  • Classes in subjects such as: hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, mineralogy, probability and statistics, differential equations, software development, numerical methods, machine learning, or data analytics

  • Applicable skills developed through one or more of the following:

  • Experience performing laboratory experiments and/or using analytical instruments

  • Experience with numerical simulation of mechanical, chemical, hydrological, thermal, or neutronics processes

  • Experience with the Linux operating system, computer programming and/or scripting

  • Demonstrated ability to succeed through teaming with others, to work independently, and to apply creative solutions to problem solving

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present technical ideas in oral and written form

    Department Description:

The Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle team leads in developing, integrating, and implementing technically safe, viable, and sustainable solutions for nuclear energy challenges, ranging from power conversion to the management of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Our disposal research program furthers the scientific basis for safe deep geologic disposal, develops the tools necessary for implementation, and leverages international collaborations to ensure best-practices and state-of-the-art repository science and engineering.

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:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

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.

Job ID: 680208