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Intern - Nanosystems Synthesis/Analysis R&D Graduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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We are seeking a Year-round Graduate Intern to support experimental research in the areas of physics, chemistry, metallurgy, materials science, and/or nanoscience. In this role, you will work to support Sandia staff, post-docs, and visiting scientist in their in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), in-situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and a range of other general materials science research. This will involve developing microscopy techniques, sample preparation techniques, image processing, small scale mechanical testing, or some combination to support ongoing basic and applied science efforts.

On any given day, you may called on to:

+ Work to better understand the role of ion irradiation, ion implantation and general ion beam modification on the microstructure and subsequent mechanical properties of advanced nanostructured metal alloys
+ Operate varied microscopy equipment in a wide range of conditions to support a range of ongoing programs, including the operation of several in-situ SEM and TEM holders
+ Use groundbreaking data analysis to best interpret the data collected during the in-situ experiments
+ Present the results of your research at properly suited international conferences
+ Writeup and publish the thoroughly analyzed results in high impact journals


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
+ U.S. citizenship


+ Current enrolled in an accredited Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline
+ Good communication skills as evidenced by a record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences
+ Experience with experimental research and technique development
+ Experience in in-situ SEM and TEM experiments, such as, in-situ heating, irradiation, implantation, and/or mechanical property testing
+ Experience using TEM for tomography, procession electron diffraction (PED), ultra-fast or dynamic TEM development (DTEM), or other advanced techniques
+ Interest in exploring relationships between processing-structure-properties in nanostructured metals
+ Experience in using electron microscopy for diffraction analysis and defect analysis
+ Experience testing a multitude of material systems, with emphasis on in-situ mechanical testing capabilities and an eagerness for technique development
+ Experience in a range SEM and TEM sample preparation techniques
+ Strong theoretical knowledge base in thermodynamics and kinetics
+ Strong background in mechanical properties, transmission electron microscopy, defect analysis, and far-from-equilibrium processes.

Department Description:

The Nanosystems Synthesis and Analysis Department consists of CINT scientific research staff assigned to the Physical, Chemical, & Nanosciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. CINT is a DOE/Office of Science National User Facility operated jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories with facilities at both Laboratories. The CINT Science Department is dedicated to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials into microscale and macroscale systems and devices.

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:

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.

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: 2020-09-14 Expires: 2020-10-15

 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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