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Intern - Radiation & Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Design 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

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

+ Work with laser\-plasma instabilities of white light in plasmas; This project is intended to further understand the effects of wave incoherence on SRS and SBS\. The project will consist of two parts\. First, starting from the newly proposed theory, the student will study the instabilities in the linear regime\. The findings will be compared to previously published results\. If time permits, the second part of the project will consist of developing a computer algorithm to numerically solve the coupled set of wave kinetic equations\. Then, the SRS and SBS instabilities will be studied in the nonlinear regime by using the code
+ Assist in the study of waves in a newly proposed extended magneto\-hydrodynamic model for plasmas; The project will consist of two parts\. First, the linear equations describing the wave dynamics will be derived, and the dispersion relation will be obtained\. Second, solutions of the dispersion relation will be compared to those obtained from the original MHD model\. Hence, this project will shed light on how differently waves propagate in these two models
+ Work with wave\-kinetic equation analysis of inhomogeneous drift\-wave turbulence; This project is intended to advance our understanding of inhomogeneous drift\-wave turbulence in magnetized plasmas\. The first part of the project will consist of developing a computer code to numerically solve the wave kinetic equation with nonlinear wave collisions included\. In the second part of the project, the code will be used to study the spontaneous emergence of zonal flows caused inhomogeneous drift\-wave turbulence


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:

+ Undergraduate degree in physics or related engineering field
+ Currently pursuing graduate studies in nuclear, plasma or high energy density physics or closely related engineering discipline

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


+ Basic knowledge in Hamiltonian mechanics and plasma physics
+ Experience in computer coding including tools such as MatLab, Mathematica, or Python
+ Ability to numerically solving partial differential equations

Department Description:

The ICF Target Design Department \(1684\) pursues theoretical and simulation based analyses and assessments of inertial confinement fusion \(ICF\), stockpile stewardship relevant, and other high energy density physics experiments on a variety of platforms, including the Z Facility and the National Ignition Facility \(NIF\)\. The department's core competency lies in the design and analysis of high energy density experiments, with a particular focus on ICF and radiation hydrodynamics experiments\. They rely on complex, integrated, multiphysics simulation tools, with a particular focus on the magnetohydrodynamics of high energy density plasmas, and on spectroscopic diagnosis of high energy density plasmas\. In carrying out their mission, department 1644 collaborates closely with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory \(LLNL\), Los Alamos National Laboratory \(LANL\), and the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment \(AWE\)\.

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.