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🚀 Internship

Intern - Fusion Experiments - R&D Undergraduate Summer

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • The candidate must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a science, engineering, or math major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must be able to work full-time during the summer and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Desired qualifications include a degree in Physics or Nuclear Engineering, self-motivation, teamwork skills, and experience with programming tools like MATLAB and Python. Completion of the CRANE program is also desired.
  • The candidate will research fusion experiments and hydrodynamic instabilities, model Z experiments, shadow experimenters, and work individually and as part of a team at Sandia National Laboratories.

Summer Internship

Research & Development, ScienceAlbuquerque


  • We are seeking an undergraduate summer intern to help develop a methodology to derive an electrical current pulse that is capable of reproducing measured radial trajectories of hydrodynamic instability experiments on the Z machine. Successful modeling of these experiments is critical for correctly modeling inertial confinement fusion experiments. Hydrodynamic instabilities weaken the inertially confining tamper while introducing contaminants into the fusion fuel via mixing.
  • Ongoing experiments on the Z Machine studying the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (RMI) have produced high quality data (https://aip.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/5.0087215), but detailed comparison to simulations has been challenging due to an underestimation of the target’s implosion velocity when using the experimentally measured electrical current pulse as an input to the simulations. As part of this project, you will help develop a methodology to derive or “unfold” a current pulse that reproduces the experimental radial trajectories (e.g. liner position) using semi-analytic models and/or MHD simulation tools. This methodology will be applied to more intensive 2D MHD simulations of the experimental configuration in order to better compare the evolution of the RMI instability.


  • 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 the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.
  • Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.
  • Qualifications We Desire:
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or related fields of study.
  • Be self-motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented, and thorough.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Experience with programming tools such as MATLAB and/or Python
  • Completion of Computational Research Access Network (CRANE) program

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Develop an understanding of high energy density science, hydrodynamic instabilities, inertial confinement fusion, and load current velocimetry unfold techniques through literature research and discussion with colleagues.
  • Model Z experiments using semi-analytic and/or 1D MHD models.
  • Shadow experimenters conducting experiments on the Z Machine
  • Work individually and as part of a team.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





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  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
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