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Intern - SEERI Radiation Effects - R&D Graduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692505

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Radiation Effects Research Department is seeking a motivated graduate summer intern to participate in the Science of Extreme Environments Research & Innovation (SEERI) Program. The SEERI Program philosophy is to foster the search for future researchers, engineers, and operators in radiation effects, pulsed power, and high energy density sciences. SEERI works to help cultivate an environment to excite and attract talented future scientists, physicists, and engineers by maximizing engaging opportunities that contribute to the nation through a unique access to facilities, resources, and broad programs found only at Sandia National Laboratories.

In this position, you will work alongside staff members conducting leading-edge research and analysis of radiation induced effects in electronics, materials, and other test objects. The goal is to deepen our knowledge of radiation effects physics (e.g., Single Event Effects, Total Ionizing Dose, and Dose in advanced microelectronics and systems through Test & Evaluation (T&E), Modeling & Simulation (M&S), and analysis. Our experiments may range from fundamental investigations into radiation effects in cutting-edge technologies to the response of electronic piece-parts, subsystems, and systems to natural space-based and/or man-made radiation environments. You will work in a collaborative environment with a diverse team and have access to some of the world’s most powerful tools.

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

  • Investigate radiation effects in electronics and/or the interaction of radiation with materials and other test objects.

  • Develop or use numerical simulations to better understand single event, total ionizing dose, or dose rate effects on electronics and materials.

  • Team with other specialists to design experiments, analyze results, and present new insights or observations.

  • Develop, field, and analyze radiation diagnostics that are used to characterize the radiation environments produced at our state-of-the-art facilities.

    This SEERI position will offer flexible, challenging, interesting, and cutting-edge research opportunities while being mentored by Sandia National Laboratories scientists and engineers. These hands-on experiences will be supplemented with technical seminars and facility tours which will expose you to the broad range of scientific disciplines represented at Sandia. You will also be provided the opportunity and encouraged to present your work and accomplishments to your peers and the Sandia scientific community at the end of the summer.

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. citizenship

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in studying radiation effects in electronics and/or the interaction of radiation with materials

  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in studying radiation effects in ASICs, FPGAs, and custom circuits, etc. in Cadence or other design flow tools

  • Graduate-level Research and Development experience executing radiation experiments

  • Experience in modeling single event, total ionizing dose, displacement damage, and/or dose rate effects in electronics

  • Experience working in team environments

  • Engineering fundamentals, engineering analysis and design, principles of radiation, and a strong engineering, math, and physics background

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 main purpose of the Radiation Effects Research Department is to conduct research and development involving intense radiation environments. All radiation effects from nuclear detonations (x rays, gamma rays, neutrons, electromagnetic pulse, etc.), natural and enhanced space environments, and in situ radiation are included. Research is in the broad areas of radiation effects in electronics, radiation effects in materials, and research in accelerator technologies with a primary emphasis in advancing weapons survivability.

A major role for the department is to provide design consultation and hostile radiation qualification assessment for Sandia’s nuclear weapon systems, component design, and new technology groups. Research and development spans transient radiation effects in electronics and optoelectronics from individual devices to circuits to systems involving phenomena driven by transient dose rate, total ionizing dose (TID) and single event (SEE). Active research in advanced materials includes response of materials and components to intense X-rays encompassing phenomena such as thermal, structural, shock and impulse responses. We also develop advanced experimental diagnostics and accelerator technology for enhancing the characterization and production of radiation environments.

Topical areas of research: Advanced materials, Devices, Circuits, Components, Systems, X-ray and E-Beam environments and diagnostics

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: 692505

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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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