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Intern - Experimental Solid Mechanics - R&D Graduate Summer

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

What Your Job Will Be Like:
We are seeking an Intern Summer - R&D Graduate for the Experimental Impact Mechanics Laboratory.
On any given day, you may be called on to:


  • Work with and assist research engineers in performing experimental mechanics research with an emphasis on high-rate characterization of materials and structures with split Hopkinson bar (or Kolsky bar) techniques implemented with advanced diagnostic techniques

  • Support research activities in the following areas: mechanical characterization of materials in normal and abnormal environments, rate-dependent material model development, dynamic failure and fracture, and advanced experimental methods/diagnostic technique development

  • Assist experimental design, execution, and analysis

  • Assist in the production of technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference presentations

    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 the spring term immediately preceding the internship (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

    • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer

    • U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

      Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.
      Qualifications We Desire:

      • BS in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering or a related field with an emphasis in solid mechanics

      • Experience and/or course work related to experimental mechanics

      • Experience working both independently and as part of a team

      • Experience on a variety of mechanical test frames including MTS or Instron load frames and drop tables

      • Experience with advanced optical methods including digital image correlation (DIC), high-speed imaging, or other optical metrology

      • Knowledge and experience with impact mechanics, engineering mechanics, or material sciences

      • Commitment to operational safety, security and quality

        Posting Duration:
        This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the 'posting date'. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
        About Our Team:
        The Experimental Solid Mechanics Department 1528 is part of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Our center is the steward of engineering mechanics for Sandia and we are dedicated to solving our customer's most pressing and important national security problems. Our department specializes in experimental technologies related to structural mechanics and mechanics of materials. With our state of the art experimental technologies, technical expertise, and analytical capabilities in sister departments, we provide integrated customer solutions in the following areas: mechanical characterization of materials, components, and structures in normal or abnormal environments, development and application of state-of-the-art experimental and diagnostic techniques for scientific and mission impacts, and integration of analytical, computational, and experimental efforts for engineering solutions to national security problems. Our mission is to use research-development-application (R-D-A) spectrum for physical discovery, model development and validation, and qualification and acceptance for nuclear weapons, defense, energy, and other applications.
        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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

        • 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*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:
          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.
          NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:
          If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.
          If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.
          Job ID: 692113

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