What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking an enthusiastic year-round graduate student to assist staff in designing, modeling, and testing novel components and systems being investigated and developed at Sandia for emerging concentrating solar power technologies.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Assist with modeling, testing and analysis of concentrating solar power technologies (CSP). Testing may include the evaluation of CSP technologies such as high-temperature receivers, collectors, and thermal storage systems. Analyses of relevant processes (heat and mass transfer) for these tests will be performed using 3D computational models (Solidworks Simulation, ANSYS FLUENT) and analytical models (e.g., MATLAB).
Assist with documentation and archiving activities relating to new or existing publications generated by the team or in the program library.
Assist with the general operations and administrative duties of the department when called upon.
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 an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
Qualifications We Desire
Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:
Undergraduate degree in engineering or science-related field
Courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics
Previous experience using computer software to design and analyze 3D models of physical systems or components
Excellent technical writing skills as demonstrated in progress reports or scientific publication
Well-developed communication, oral presentation, and leadership skills
Prior experience in Ansys Fluent, Ansys Mechanical, SolidWorks, Engineering Equation Solver, MATLAB, and/or LabVIEW
Experience in the design and operation of thermal equipment where hardware is taken through concept generation, design, manufacturing, and testing
Experience in bulk solids (particle) handling, heating, and transport
Capable of working independently and in a team environment
About Our Team
Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels.
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
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.