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Intern - Water Power Technologies R& D Graduate Summer
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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We are seeking an Intern Summer \- R&D Grad

An ideal candidate will utilize basic principles of physics and engineering to research marine hydrokinetic \(MHK\) devices; both Wave Energy Converters \(WECs\) and Current Energy Converters \(CECs\), such as tidal and river turbines, are currently studied at Sandia National Laboratories\. The major research areas we are currently involved in are: environmental assessment of large scale arrays \(WECs and CECs\), wave energy resource assessment, nearshore wave and circulation modeling improvements, the development of WEC power performance models, offshore wind platform development, and specialized component models \(i\.e\. mooring, power take off, computational fluid dynamics, materials, etc\.\) for both WECs and CECs\. Students with related experience in modeling and simulation or other renewable energy technologies will also be considered\.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Model ocean wave/currents resources and marine hydrokinetic devices using numerical models in computer programs such as MATLAB, SWAN, DELFT3D, OpenFOAM, STAR\-CCM\+, and others
+ Analyze data collected from remote sensors and/or wave tank experiments
+ Meet with other interns and engineers to plan work and present results
+ Write technical papers and reports


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 \(or scheduled to graduate in the spring\) 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\. citizenship

Additional Requirements:

+ General knowledge of: fluid dynamics, ocean waves, ocean currents, tidal/river dynamics, floating bodies \(statics and dynamics\), and MHK device archetypes
+ Advanced knowledge of: floating bodies \(statics and dynamics\), fluid dynamics, statistics, differential equations
+ Required software knowledge: Matlab, Microsoft office suite
+ Demonstrated capability in modeling a dynamic system
+ An interest in alternative energy and marine hydrokinetic devices specifically
+ Flexible to take on new challenges in subsystem and system design
+ Skills in communication and technical writing
+ Ability to work in a team environment

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


+ Desired software knowledge: 3\-D CAD \(solidworks preferred\), Python, fortran, WAMIT/AQWA, OrcaFlex, CFD RANS Solvers \(OpenFoam, StarCCM\+, CFX, etc\.\), SWAN, FVCOM, DELFT3D, EFDC, WAVEWATCHIII, ANSYS\.

Department Description:

Sandia's Water Power Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of water power technologies\. The primary focus area of the department's work is Marine Hydrokinetics \(MHK\) research with lower levels of effort in Offshore Wind \(OW\) and Hydropower\. The department is responsible for all aspects of Marine Hydrokinetic device design, performance, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations for the Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and in collaboration with industry partners\. Offshore Wind Energy activities currently include Vertical Axis Wind Turbine \(VAWT\) design and analysis and foundation scour\. Hydropower efforts focus on seasonal simulation and optimization\. Through partnerships with industry, academia, other National Labs, and public dissemination of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy security for the nation\.

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:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and 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

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.