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Intern - Organic Materials Science R&D Undergrad Year Round

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 659213
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Intern - Organic Materials Science R&D Undergrad Year Round


An opportunity exists for a student intern to join our polymer materials characterization and mechanical testing team. The successful candidate will primarily work with staff members, technologists and other students in using a broad range of techniques to characterize key properties of organic materials (encapsulants, adhesives, gels, underfills, conformal coatings, composites, etc.).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

+ Materials characterization, including thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry, thermomechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis) and rheological testing
+ Mechanical testing, including the use of universal testing machines to execute both (1) standard measurements such as modulus and strength of materials/structures and (2) innovative test designs to resolve specific questions about materials or complex structures
+ Design and execution of structural response tests aimed at comparing materials, comparing processing techniques and/or validating material models
+ Mission needs may require using conventional instrumentation in unconventional manners, augmenting existing instrumentation, or developing new apparatus and/or accessories
+ Instrumentation design, modification, repair, maintenance and calibration

The materials characterization and mechanical testing team performs leading edge materials research while also providing materials engineering support to a wide customer base in nuclear weapons, satellite payloads, and other engineering programs at Sandia. The team also includes technical staff from Engineering Sciences (Center 1500) so there is a strong synergy between materials science and modeling in addressing engineering problems. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take leadership responsibilities with respect to working with customers, reporting results (both written and oral), and attending program meetings.


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

+ Currently attending and enrolled full time 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 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
+ U.S. citizenship

Additional Requirements:

+ Experience working in a laboratory
+ A demonstrated commitment to producing high-quality results using good laboratory techniques and focused attention to detail
+ Good communication and interpersonal skills for explaining the important aspects of technical work to coworkers and customers
+ Motivated, responsible, and organized candidate with the ability to work independently under the guidance of a PhD scientist


+ A strong background in the types of materials characterization and mechanical testing described in the job responsibilities
+ Polymer science, polymer physics, and polymer chemistry knowledge
+ Primary consideration will be given to individuals who have demonstrated the ability to rapidly learn new skills and work in a fast-paced team environment

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new organic materials and then optimizes their performance. We develop advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons and other national security and industry applications. The department specializes in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, thermal/mechanical characterization of organic materials, organometallic chemistry, polymer carbon-based devices, and performs materials reliability studies for organics with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms. Current areas of R&D in the department include: tuning of dielectric and electrical properties of new polymers and thin films, reversible and degradable chemistries, carbon MEMS, metal-organic frameworks, shape memory materials, nanoparticle surface modification, polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, polymer degradation, radiation effects on polymers, elastomers, filled polymers, encapsulants and coatings, sensors, and extrusion. In support of these activities, we perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterizations.

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 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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