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Intern - Nanosystems Synthesis/Analysis R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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We are seeking a Summer Undergraduate 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 analytical 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 be called on to:

+ Prepare high quality TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) samples through a range of traditional and creative sample preparation techniques under the supervision of staff and post-docs in the in-situ characterization and nanomechanics thrust at CINT.
+ Assist with analysis of SEM and TEM micrographs utilizing a range of image and data processing software.
+ Operation of an SEM images under a range of conditions to support the on-going in-situ SEM and TEM efforts underway.
+ Assist with maintenance and improvement of the capabilities in the Ion Beam Lab at Sandia and the TEM capabilities across Sandia.


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 3.0/4.0
+ Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
+ U.S. citizenship

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


+ The candidate must have very good knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences, with an interest in materials science.
+ He/she must be highly motivated, have strong work ethics, and strong technical writing and verbal communication skills.
+ Proficiency in an electronic spreadsheet program (e.g. Excel), a word processor (e.g. Word), and image processing (Photoshop and ImageJ) is required. Applicants with experience in interpreting TEM micrographs and analyzing grain
+ The successful candidate should be able to follow procedures and instructions carefully, and be capable of working on several projects
+ Excellent command of English and good presentation skills.
+ Experience in in-situ SEM experiments, such as, in-situ heating, irradiation, implantation, and/or mechanical property testing
+ Exposure to TEM sample preparation and data analysis
+ Experience with data processing software and data analytics
+ Interest in exploring relationships between processing-structure-properties in nanostructured metals
+ Experience with vacuum systems
+ Strong theoretical knowledge base in thermodynamics and kinetics
+ 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:

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.

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.


Posted: 2020-02-03 Expires: 2020-03-05

 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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