Sandia National Laboratories Intern - SEERI - R&D Undergraduate Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is seeking a motivated undergraduate 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, Displacement Damage, Dose Rate, and EMP effects) 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.
Develop or use numerical simulations to better understand single event, total ionizing dose, displacement damage, or dose rate effects on electronics and materials.
Team with other specialists, to design experiments, analyze results, and to present new insights or observations.
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.
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:
Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) 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 40 hours per week during the summer
Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.
Interest in studying radiation effects in electronics and/or the interaction of radiation with materials
Experience working in team environments
Engineering fundamentals, engineering analysis and design, principles of radiation, and a strong engineering, math, and physics background
Excellent communication skills
The main purpose of the Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is to assure and verify the capability of the nation’s nuclear stockpile to survive and operate through radiation and electromagnetic environments. These activities range from fundamental radiation effects research to qualifying the performance of electronic piece-parts, subsystems, and systems to natural space-based and/or man-made radiation environments (e.g., environment produced by nuclear detonations). We accomplish our mission by performing basic and applied radiation effects research on materials and electronics through test and evaluation using state-of-the-art photon, ion, neutron, electron, and laser sources located at Sandia National Laboratories and other laboratories throughout the United States. We also develop critical radiation, electrical, and plasma diagnostics to characterize our test environments as well as perform simulations to investigate the radiation response of electronics and other test objects. An important activity in the Department is the design, measurement, analysis, and simulation of response data on surrogate test articles for the purpose of validating Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) computer codes that are (or will be) used to qualify future weapon and satellite electronic systems to various pulsed radiation environments and effects. Department personnel also provide guidance to electronic designers to assure proper design techniques related to mitigating the deleterious effects of radiation and qualification assessments of nuclear weapon hardware to each of Sandia's production groups.
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.
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.
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.