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Student Intern - Software Quality Control R&D Undergrad Summer

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA
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Job ID: 656402
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Livermore, CA
Job Title:Student Intern - Software Quality Control R&D Undergrad Summer


The Technical Reachback Project is seeking student interns who are interested in helping the project achieve its quality control objectives. The interns will be working at our California campus during the summer of 2017.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is implementing a domestic system to detect attempts to import or transport radiological or nuclear material intended for illicit use. Technical Reachback uses data, collected over many years from radiation monitors on highways, airports, and seaports, to develop products that enhance the ability to recognize anomalous radiation profiles in trucks, cars, and shipping containers. Technical Reachback draws on the expertise of radiation physicists at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories has developed software to assist in analyzing existing data from radiation monitors to develop "signatures" that model threat and non-threat situations. These signatures provide federal and state officials with an additional method for determining whether a vehicle with an anomalous radiation profile is a threat.

As part of its mission, the Technical Reachback Project develops software libraries, desktop applications, web tools, databases, wikis, and reports. A substantial amount of the intern's time will be spent testing software, checking wikis & reports, and/or verifying the accuracy of entries in spreadsheets & databases. Apps are tested by writing test plans, running tests manually, documenting test results, and submitting bug reports. The accuracy of data in apps, wikis, reports, spreadsheets, and databases are checked by doing Google searches, running database queries, reading reports, examining spreadsheets, and writing automated testing scripts. Interns will also be spending time using JavaScript libraries to write automated tests. Interns with working knowledge of C++ will be using a C++ unit-test library.


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

+ Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited undergraduate program
+ Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major
+ Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.15/4.0
+ Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
+ U.S. citizenship

* Completion of a college course that required writing software.

* Completion of a college math course.

* Completion of a college science or college engineering course.

* Interest in testing software apps.

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.


+ GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher is a plus.
+ Familiarity with JavaScript, CasperJS, and PhantomJS is a plus.
+ Familiarity with C++ is a plus.
+ Familiarity with testing software apps is a plus.
+ Completion of a data structures course is a plus.
+ Completion of a calculus course is a plus.
+ Familiarity with SQL databases is a plus.

The Computer Sciences Group at Sandia National Laboratories/CA conducts research, development, and systems engineering in computer science and engineering to address important national security problems. Staff members work in multi-disciplinary teams and apply their expertise and software engineering skills to a wide range of applications for customers including the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Homeland Security. Staff members also regularly engage with external customers and sponsors.The group does extensive software research, development, and deployment of:- Scientific Computing: algorithms and software tools that enable modeling and simulation to play a major role in engineering design, certification, and manufacturing- Knowledge Environments: Distributed tools and visualization technologies that enable secure scientific, engineering, or analysis collaborations - High Performance Computing: networking, storage, and load balancing technologies- Decision Support: tools and technologies to support decision making in complex national security mission areas, including game-based training environments for crisis responders, simulation of social networked systems (including formation and evolution), and system-of-systems modeling of catastrophic events- Data Analysis: algorithms and tools for supporting exploration, triage, analysis, and visualization of heterogeneous data- Enabling technologies: algorithms for optimization (including under uncertainty), PDEs, solution of large-scale systems of equations, and uncertainty quantification- Network Traffic Analysis: algorithms and tools to detect and prevent unauthorized actions on networks

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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