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Intern - SEERI - R&D Graduate - Summer

Albuquerque, NM 87102

We are seeking a R&D Graduate Intern to join our dynamic team Summer 2021!

The Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is seeking a summer intern to virtually work alongside staff members conducting leading-edge research and analysis of radiation induced effects in electronics and materials. The goal of this position is to deepen our knowledge of radiation effects physics (e.g., Single Event Effects, Total Ionizing Dose, Displacement Damage, and Dose Rate 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 commercial off the shelf (COTS) components to developing, fielding, and analyzing radiation diagnostics to better characterize the radiation environments produced at our state-of-the-art facilities.

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

+ Develop or use numerical simulations to better understand single event, total ionizing dose, displacement damage, or dose rate effects on electronics
+ Perform data analysis, pre- or post-processing, and visualization
+ Research and Development support for radiation effects experiments
+ Perform Single Event Effects energy deposition, dose rate and dose enhancement simulations, and analysis using in-house and Vanderbilt University developed Monte Carlo Radiative Energy Deposition (MRED) software and commercial/in-house TCAD software packages.

The **Science of Extreme Environments Research & Innovation (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 within in these disciplines by maximizing engaging opportunities to contribute to the nation through the unique access to facilities, resources, and broad programs found only at Sandia National Laboratories. Students are offered hands on flexible, challenging, interesting, and cutting edge research opportunities while being mentored by Sandia National Laboratories scientists and engineers. These hands on experiences are supplemented with technical seminars and facility tours which expose students to the broad range of engineering and scientific disciplines represented at Sandia. Student Interns are provided the opportunity and encouraged to present their work and accomplishments to their peers and the Sandia scientific community every August. In some cases students are asked to present their work at professional conferences.


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:

+ Earned bachelor's degree
+ Currently attending and enrolled full time (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.


+ Graduate-level Research and Development experience with the execution of radiation experiments
+ Demonstrated experience and interest in studying radiation effects in electronics and/or the interaction of radiation with materials
+ Experience in modeling SEE, TID and photocurrent effects in electronics
+ Experience with Silvaco TCAD tool
+ Experience in working in team environments including developers, analysts, and experimentalists
+ Engineering fundamentals, engineering analysis and design, principles of radiation, and a strong engineering, math, and physics background

Department Description:

The main purpose of the Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is to assure and verify the capability of the nations 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) through test and evaluation. We accomplish our mission by performing basic and applied radiation effects research on materials and electronics using photon, ion, neutron, electron and laser sources located at Sandia National Laboratories and other laboratories throughout the United States. We also develop radiation and plasma diagnostics and model radiation effects in electronics and components. An important experimental activity in the department is the gathering and analysis of data on surrogate test articles which validate 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 Sandia's system, component design and production groups.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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 Statement:

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-02-17 Expires: 2021-03-19

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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