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Intern - Fire Science & Technology - R&D Graduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692695

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking for a R&D Graduate Summer Student Intern to support thermal analysis and testing efforts in the Fire Science & Technology Department. Are you passionate about research? Are you dreaming of an opportunity to thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment that offers access to state-of-the-art testing facilities? If so, you will want to apply for this dynamic opportunity!

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

  • Work with a dynamic team of fire scientists, engineers, technologists, and trades people to support the design, build, and performance of thermal (fire and radiant heating) experiments supporting a diverse set of missions, including nuclear weapons development and qualification missions.

  • Collaborate on multiple research projects in the areas of heat transfer, combustion, fire, pyrolysis, and multiphase flows with experiments conducted at lab-scale and in Sandia's world-class large-scale testing facilities.

  • Conduct independent research and perform analysis using computer programming and engineering tools.

  • Develop and field engineering models and computer tools under mentorship of Sandia technical experts.

  • Provide insight into physical phenomena of fires and the fate of objects exposed to abnormal thermal environments, generating data for building and validating heat transfer and thermal response models, and qualifying the safety and performance of nuclear weapons and other systems of relevance to national security.

Qualifications We Require:

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 in the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A graduate student currently pursuing an advanced degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, or a related discipline with high academic achievement

  • Experience performing experimental research

  • Experience with computer programming skills/experience in Phyton, MATLAB, C++, LabVIEW, or similar language

  • Experience in numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer

  • Familiarity with simulation of fires, combustion, soot generation, and/or multi-phase reacting flows

  • Experience in digital signal processing and/or image processing and producing data processing algorithms

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, reports, and proposals

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.

About Our Team:

The Fire Science and Technology Department performs experimental and phenomenological fire research to support Sandia's national security mission. The main focus of the department is to ensure the safety and security needs of nuclear weapons in abnormal thermal environments. The department offers a spectrum of computational and experimental capabilities for addressing fire related challenges throughout the government, civilian, and industrial sectors. Efforts in the computational arena include development of physics-based subgrid models for phenomena important to fire dynamics, detection and suppression. The department maintains and operates unique facilities for radiant heating, open and enclosed large fires. These facilities are used in conjunction with new diagnostics and experimental capabilities developed and employed to provide data for discovery, validation, and system qualification. The group interacts extensively with complementary technical organizations in computational sciences and thermal and fluid sciences within the Center, across the laboratory, and with academia and government.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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:

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 692695

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Benefits

  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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