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Quantum Timing and Sensing Intern - SMS

Job ID: 5535
Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for over six decades.

SDL’s internship program provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with state-of-the art technologies in space-, airborne-, and ground-based systems. With the support of engineers and mentors, interns are able to work on professional-level assignments that complement their academic studies. The program also includes training workshops, networking opportunities, and a variety of summer events and activities. Interns will be paid a competitive monthly stipend and will be tasked with varying duties based on current projects, needed support, and development phase.

The Military Space Division is seeking an undergraduate or graduate engineering or physics student to support the Quantum Sensing and Timing (QST) program for the Air Force Research Lab (ARFL) located at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM. SDL is exploring different microfabrication and precision milling techniques to construct all-glass, and glass-and-metal ultra-high vacuum chambers for Bose-Einstein type experiments. The intern would assist in the design and fabrication optimization, and testing of these vacuum chambers. Knowledge of CAD is helpful, but not required. This is a very multidisciplinary internship.

Key Responsibilities/Qualifications
  • Properly handle optical components including: lasers, mirrors, optical fibers, and acousto-optical modulators
  • Proficiency in at least one scientific computing language (examples: C, C++, Python)
  • Experience in using and maintaining technical laboratory equipment
  • The ability to learn and follow specific scientific techniques
  • Ability to work independently
  • Operate test equipment including multimeters, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers
  • Knowledge of analog (preferred) and digital electronics
  • Team player with a proactive attitude and the ability to be productive in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science or related fields
  • Junior, senior, or graduate student
  • 3.0 GPA minimum is required

Intern Hiring Period
Oct 1, 2021 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Interviews can occur any time within the hiring period, so we encourage you to complete and submit your application as early as possible.
  • Our goal is to notify all applicants of their status by January 31, 2022.

Instructions to applicants:
Along with the online application, please attach:
1) Cover Letter (this is an important selection criteria, so please do not skip this step)
2) Resume

SDL supports a variety of missions, including NASA’s vision to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind and the Department of Defense’s aim to protect our Nation on the ground, in the air, and in space. Our sensors, satellites, software systems, and science and engineering play an essential role in some important missions you’ve heard of, and others that you haven’t. Join our team in our seventh decade of delivering mission success.

EOE including Disability and Vet