What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking an Intern Summer - R&D Grad to support research and development efforts related to thermal protection systems (TPS) in hypersonic flight. Particularly, we intend utilize 3D mesoscale imaging to create computational models that couple thermal, chemical, and mechanical physics to predict the ablative response of a TPS material. Research will be performed on Sandia's extensive high-performance computing assets using leading edge multi-physics simulation codes. The successful candidate will show skills and interest in research spanning multiple disciplines, including heat transport, multi-material mechanical deformation, microscale/mesoscale modeling, ablation chemistry, and aerosciences.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Use 3D high-resolution imaging to create computational models of TPS materials
Implement models within existing leading-edge high-performance finite element software
Perform large-scale computational analyses to answer scientific and engineering questions supporting technology development
Interact within a vibrant team of scientists and engineers to develop this mission-critical technology
Efficiently work independently under the supervision of a Sandia technical staff member
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 (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
Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.
Enrolled in Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other related engineering or natural science field
Experience with 3D imaging of composite materials
Qualifications We Desire
Experience in thermal protection systems and/or composite materials modeling
Experience with advanced simulation techniques (FEM/FEA, CFD, etc.) on massively parallel computing clusters
Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research
Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical backgrounds
About Our Team
The Thermal/Fluid Component Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories provides a wide range of fluid modeling and analysis, and experimental discovery and validation support in discipline areas such as: incompressible flow, porous flow, reactive flow, multiphase flow, thermal/fluid coupling, suspensions, plasma physics, and rarefied gas dynamics. The department supports activities spanning the entire research-design-analysis spectrum, from creating fundamental physical models, to developing computational algorithms and codes, to applying these models and codes to solve fluid and plasma problems in a wide range of applications.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, 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
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.