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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Simulation Modeling Sciences - Technical Undergraduate Year-Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What Your Job Will Be Like:

An undergraduate year-round student intern is sought to work with our dynamic Geometry & Meshing and Plato software topology optimization code development teams. This student will work with our staff to explore some novel ideas and projects.

On any given day, assignments would depend on the qualifications and interest of the individual candidates, but would likely involve:

  • Exploring complexities of geometry and meshing code.

  • Finite element implementations on next-generation computers.

  • Exploring plasticity algorithms for topology optimization.

  • Exploring fracture and damage for topology optimization.

  • Capability enhancements for topology optimization tools

This position requires students to have year-round participation within the guidelines of Sandia’s Student Internship Program and therefore must have the ability to either be present on Sandia premises year-round or participate as a virtual worker, participating remotely and periodically visiting Sandia National Laboratories.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

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.

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.

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 a related accredited undergraduate program

  • 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:

  • Currently enrolled in a BS program in a mechanical, civil, aerospace engineering or related engineering curriculum.

  • Have training and experience with C++.

  • Ability to work in a team environment is required.

  • Knowledge of mesh generation and related tools (e.g., Patran or Cubit), post processing tools.

  • Knowledge of numerical optimization theory and nonlinear finite element analysis.

  • Understanding and experience with agile software teams including scrum practices would be highly useful.

  • Knowledge or experience with the open-source PLATO tool would be useful for those students working that area.

  • Work in applied Mathematics would be useful.

  • Experience with topology optimization, finite element methods, as well as solid mechanics and structural dynamics engineering concepts.

About Our Team:

Simulation Modeling Sciences department 1543 enables credible design and analysis involving computational simulation and finite element method approaches for meshing, topology optimization, inverse optimization, metamaterials, and high performance computing I/O. We are part of Sandia’s CompSim organization 1540, teaming with others developing Solid Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, Thermal Fluids, V&V, uncertainty quantification, workflow, analyst interfaces, as well as DevOps support. Users rely upon these codes for the Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence mission, various other missions of the Laboratory, DoD, and industry partners. We team with other research programs at Sandia and sponsor research and development of critical modeling science applications within Sandia and at partner university programs. We help coordinate and engage the International Meshing Roundtable and Topology Optimization Roundtable.

Our software tools, including the following, are intended to be used on high performance next generation computing platforms. • PLATO provides intelligent design to the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. PLATO inverts traditional design approach by creating a computer-optimized structure rather than validating a conceptual CAD-CAM design, optimizing structures and materials over a wide range of parameters and environments. • Next Generation Simulation (NGS), including the Cubit tool known for its hexahedral meshing, enables many types of Finite Element Method (FEM) discretization for computational simulation by providing meshing of CAD geometries, now including many advancements in tetrahedral meshing. • Scaleable Geometric Modeler (SGM), a tool intended to create and explore geometries and also translate geometric representation between computer aided design and facets or finite elements. Our Geometry and Meshing team works at the nexus of engineering, mathematics, physics, numerical methods, and software engineering on many leading-edge NGS efforts. • Inverse Optimization tools work at the nexus of experimental measurement, test, and design, enabling reconstruction of sources, residual stress, and contact surfaces as well as design of experiments. With a current focus in acoustic metamaterials and structural acoustics, InverseOpt tools infer information that is not directly observable and enables design that matches a desired system behavior. • Our SEACAS tool, including Exodus and IOSS libraries, provides high-performance I/O for finite element applications. SEACAS encompasses both production support and HPC research through ECP and ATDM programs and is used at Sandia, several other National Laboratories, commercial companies, and universities.

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 Q-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 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.

Job ID: 683560