Intern - Cognitive & Emerging Computing - R&D Graduate Year Round

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7236797 (Ref:Sa693214)

Posted: May 21, 2024

Job Description

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Intern Year Round - R&D Grad

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

  • Draw inspiration from neuroscience to develop algorithms to solve real-world problems.
  • Develop techniques for mapping novel brain-inspired and machine learning algorithms onto existing and emerging neuromorphic hardware. This includes analyzing, benchmarking, and modeling neuromorphic architectures.
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills and who have the desire to gain research experience in a highly collaborative research environment.
  • Be exposed to a wide range of computational research at Sandia and will have a strong project-based research experience working directly with Sandia staff scientists.
  • Work with computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to abstract neural computations such as dendritic computation, short-term plasticity, and microcircuit computations for incorporation into artificial intelligence algorithms and man-made computing systems.
  • Develop neurobiological models at differing levels of biological complexity, including neural circuit models constrained by current understanding of sensory processing in biological nervous systems.
  • Publish research results in high-quality journals and professional conference venues.

Qualifications We Require:

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
  • U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Publications or significant research experience in Bayesian network models, neural networks, brain and neural circuit modeling, or computational models of human perception.
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages: C, C++, Python, Julia, Java, or Matlab.
  • Research experience in neuroscience, particularly vision or perception.
  • Experience with implementing autonomous systems, machine learning, deep learning, or reinforcement learning.
  • Good oral and communication skills.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

About Our Team:

The department of Cognitive & Emerging Computing (Org. 01421) pursues foundational research and development of: emerging general-purpose energy-efficient and beyond-Moore computing paradigms; cognitive, brain-inspired and neuromorphic computing, human-machine interface technologies; advanced heterogenous architectures based on integrated commodity components, special purpose accelerators, neural architectures and algorithms.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical 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) 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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693214

Job Family: 91

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: P



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.


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