We are seeking a Technical Graduate Student Intern to support a 3\-year Department of Energy \(DOE\) project to help develop an aerial\-based imaging system to assess optical errors in solar collectors in commercial solar plants\.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department, which performs research and development \(R&D\) in concentrating solar power \(CSP\) technologies at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility \(NSTTF\)\.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
+ Conduct assigned R&D activities or projects under the leadership of senior staff
+ Partner with teams to complete theoretical, experimental, and/or computational projects
+ Assist or lead in the development of proposals to seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in CSP
+ Disseminate R&D outcomes and the department’s capabilities in various forms, including journal article publications and presentation of papers at national and international conferences
+ Represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications
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 an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
+ Minimum cumulative GPA of 3\.0/4\.0
+ Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
+ To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States of America\. Sandia will not sponsor work authorization for this position\.
+ Demonstrated research directly related to solar collector optics
+ Experience in systems modeling, simulation and developing experimental setups
+ Demonstrated evidence of research expertise in the form of first\-authored published journal articles or conference papers
+ Knowledge of solar collector optics including heliostats, dish and parabolic trough concentrators
+ Knowledge in geometrical optics and ray\-tracing methods
+ Familiarity with commercial ray\-tracing codes \(FRED, SolTrace, etc\.\) and/or ability to develop custom codes
+ Proficiency with MATLAB and experience in image processing for edge detections, feature identifications, and 3D mapping of structures onto simulated sensor planes
+ Familiarity with machine vision techniques
+ Familiarity with image collection from aerial systems \(drones\)
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by past publications, conference presentations, and references
+ Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
+ Demonstrated leadership capabilities
+ Proficiency with Microsoft Office products \(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc\.\)
Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems\. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power \(CSP\) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory \(NREL\), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels\.
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\.
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 must 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 DOE security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must 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\.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.