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Intern - Molecular and Microbiology - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

What Your Job Will Be Like:
We are seeking a Year Round - R&D Undergraduate Intern to assist with maintenance and operation of sensor technology deployed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology & Innovation (AzCATI) on ASU's polytechnic campus in Mesa, AZ. You will work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists to implement real-time analysis of algal pond data to assess algae growth rate and state-of-health.
On any given day, you may be called on to support algal biofuels technology development in the field by:

  • Checking performance of spectral sensors

  • Calibrating spectral sensors

  • Preprocessing and analyzing spectral sensor data

  • Preparing experimental results for presentation to the research team
    The selected applicant must reside near Mesa, AZ.

    Qualifications We Require:
    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. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

      Qualifications We Desire:

      • Full-time undergraduate student in biology, environmental science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field.

      • Local to ASU's Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, AZ

      • Desire to gain hands-on scientific research skills in the field of algal biofuels

      • Strong communication skills, written and oral

      • Expertise in Microsoft Excel

      • Demonstrated success working independently as well as part of a team

      • Entry-level or higher knowledge of Matlab programming language

      • Experience with data analysis and/or signal processing

      • Willingness to travel infrequently to Sandia's Albuquerque NM site for training

        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 Biosciences and Chemical Defense Group, which is part of Sandia's Biological, Radiation and Signatures Science and Technology Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels. The Center performs exploratory science and develops technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center is focused on understanding and countering natural, traditional, and engineered biological threats, as well as on developing alternative lignocellulosic and algal-derived transportation biofuels. The Molecular and Microbiology and Environmental Systems Biology Departments conduct fundamental and applied research in cell biology, immunology, genomics, phenomics, microbiomics, materials science and microbiology, with a focus on the development and use of innovative bioanalytical technologies such as synthetic biology, nanotechnology, multi-omics, advanced optical imaging, and data analysis tools to advance the understanding of biological systems. Key sponsors include the DOE Office of Science (Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences), the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, Department of Defense, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institutes of Health.
        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: *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.
          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: 692713

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