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Intern - Materials Reliability - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691727

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated Year-Round R&D Undergraduate Intern interested in performind applied research and development in the field of analytical chemistry. Our analytical laboratories employ an expansive suite of gas, liquid, and solid analytical tools (GC, GC/MS, LC/PDA, UPLC/MS, DART/MS, IC, GPC, ICP/MS, ICP/OES, LECO, LIBS) to solve problems and further fundamental understanding of materials interactions. The Materials Reliability department is part of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Denter (Center 1800). Center 1800 more broadly supports Sandia's mission by assisting in the prediction of performance and reliability of materials, developing/processing new materials through computation and synthesis, and the development of novel characterization and diagnostic tools and approaches.

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

  • Assist staff and technologists in developing new methodologies or tools for measuring gas, liquid, or solid compositions and their impurities

  • Utilize existing tools and technologies in unique ways to solve complex problems

  • Learn about a variety of processes and products and select appropriate analytical tools to evaluate those processes and products

  • Work in a team environment, learn from others, and contribute your knowledge to the team

  • Publish and/or present the results of your work both internally and externally

  • Assist with general chemistry lab upkeep and maintenance

Student internships are career development opportunities. We are especially interested in supporting students who are planning to pursue a related field in graduate school. The position will give the student the opportunity to develop skills in materials characterization and mass spectrometry.

Qualifications We Require:

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

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in an accredited undergraduate program

  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

The desired characteristics below represent both potential starting points and opportunities for learning and growth in this position. Training will be provided for specific job tasks.

  • Academic standing as a Sophomore or Junior is preferred

  • Currently pursuing a chemistry degree

  • Experience working in a laboratory

  • Experience in safe handling of chemicals and materials

  • Availability to work on site at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

  • Strong work ethic and enthusiasm for learning new things and performing scientific research

  • Classes/experience with chromatography and mass spectrometry systems

Ideally, we would like to see that you possess the following qualities:

  • Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed

  • Problem-solving skills to develop crative technical solutions

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Eagerness to work and share in a multi-disciplinary team environment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance

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 reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. The prime goal of the Materials Reliability Department is to ensure that effective materials-related information is provided to customers who design and field high-consequence hardware, such that long-term reliability will be attained. Our department's R&D activities focus on the needs of Sandia's Nuclear Weapons program customers. We also provide support to customers in other areas including Energy and Environment and National Security Programs. We have expertise in gas/solid interactions, corrosion and electrochemistry, and the aging and mechanical properties of ceramics, glasses and other brittle materials. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement. Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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 L-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 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.

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: 691727

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  • 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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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