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Intern - Organic Materials Science R& D Undergraduate Summer
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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We are seeking an Intern Summer \- R&D Undergrad

This position will involve fundamental, academic research studying the solution and bulk self\-assembly behavior of functionalized polymeric materials\. The intern will be trained in and expected to perform several laboratory protocols, including polymer syntheses, sample preparation, spectroscopy, and microscopy\. Meticulous documentation of procedures and results will be required, as well as organization and plotting of acquired data using common software, such as Microsoft Excel\. In addition, the intern will be expected to contribute to general laboratory housekeeping, including cleaning and waste disposal\. Over the course of the internship, one or two opportunities are anticipated in which the intern will present his/her work to a larger audience\. In addition, a primary goal of this research program will be to publish peer\-reviewed manuscripts and, as such, the intern will have the opportunity to provide written contributions\.


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\._

Additional Requirements:

+ Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in chemistry, biology, materials, engineering or related field
+ Ability to work on\-site in Albuquerque 40 hours per week during summer 2018


+ Active DOE L \(or greater\) security clearance
+ Past experience in a laboratory research environment
+ Highly motivated individual that can perform independent lab work efficiently and with meticulous attention to detail
+ Strong ability and desire to work with others
+ Excellent listening and communication skills
+ Interest in performing fundamental research related to polymer chemistry and physics, involving polymer synthesis, modification, and characterization in solution and bulk
+ Basic knowledge of polymer science

Department Description:

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new organic materials and then optimizes their performance\. We develop advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons and other national security and industry applications\. The department specializes in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, thermal/mechanical characterization of organic materials, organometallic chemistry, polymer carbon\-based devices, and performs materials reliability studies for organics with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms\. Current areas of R&D in the department include: tuning of dielectric and electrical properties of new polymers and thin films, reversible and degradable chemistries, carbon MEMS, metal\-organic frameworks, shape memory materials, nanoparticle surface modification, polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, polymer degradation, radiation effects on polymers, elastomers, filled polymers, encapsulants and coatings, sensors, and extrusion\. In support of these activities, we perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterizations\.

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.