Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is a world-class research & development community that delivers on national security missions while advancing the frontiers of science and engineering. The University of Texas at Austin works with Sandia to solve big problems, sustain and engage human capital, and accelerate adoption of new technology. The research partnership allows UT faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and students the opportunity to collaborate with Sandia researchers and leverage Sandia capabilities.Questions about connecting with Sandia? Contact Nadine Miner, Sandia’s Campus Partnership Manager (CPM).

Sandia-UT Austin Collaboration Request Form

Are you looking for a specific area of expertise? This form is a great starting point for either UT or Sandia researchers who are interested in collaborating but may not know where to begin. Our strategic alliance partners will review these submissions and help make connections.


Sandia is working to build strategic partnerships with UT Austin in a number of cross-disciplinary areas that are of critical importance to our nation at this time. If you would like to suggest additional partnership development areas, please contact Sandia’s Campus Partnership Manager (CPM), Nadine Miner.


Research Interest Groups (RIGs) create an interdisciplinary space where researchers can work collaboratively to create inventive solutions to pressing problems. A number of technical areas that intersect Sandia’s identified research challenges and RIG topics have been identified to be of mutual interest. RIGs and Sandia have teamed up to help connect researchers for the Sensors RIG and the Bio-Inspired Computing RIG and more connections on the way!

Questions about RIGs can be sent to

Sandia Academic Alliance (SAA) Program aims to solve significant problems that the lab could not address alone by partnering with universities that possess key academic disciplines, relevant research capabilities, and a strong commitment to national security. The program provides enormous potential benefits for Sandia, the partner universities, all involved researchers, and for students interested in cutting-edge Laboratory Directed Research and Development. Universities currently in the Academic Alliance Program include Georgia Tech, Purdue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas at Austin.

Annually, Sandia funds several “seed” projects at UT Austin to facilitate new collaborations between UT Austin faculty, student researchers and Sandia Principal Investigators (PIs). For the past 6 years, the LDRD investment at UT Austin has totaled over $1M per year. Additional UT Austin research funding through Sandia Mission Campaigns (MCs) and Grand Challenges (GCs) are another way of bringing together the world-class work of the two institutions.

The LDRD program offers Sandia’s scientists and engineers the opportunity to identify and pursue innovative solutions to our most challenging national security problems. The LDRD program seeks to invest in high-risk, potentially high-payoff activities that enable national security missions and advance the frontiers of science and engineering. As Sandia’s sole source of discretionary R&D funding, the LDRD program provides the flexibility to anticipate and respond quickly to future mission needs and to explore potentially revolutionary advances in science and technology. Learn more about LDRD.

The Laboratories encourage scientists to conduct short-term, joint research with university faculty on sabbatical or during the summer. Faculty must be invited by a Sandia sponsor and can have limited-term employment at the Labs from four weeks to one academic year. The appointments provide meaningful work to professors widely recognized as authorities in their field, make valuable contributions to Sandia’s technical research, and promote university relations. Candidates are recruited nationally for summer appointments.

Salary, round-trip travel, and per diem are provided. Available positions can be found on Sandia’s Careers webpage. Select “View All Jobs” then search for the word “faculty” and follow application instructions.

Sandia staff participate on university external advisory boards across the nation, and experts from universities serve on Sandia advisory boards. Sandia also encourages its staff to serve as adjunct professors at regional and other universities.

The Academic Alliance partnership between UT Austin and Sandia Labs enables joint proposal submissions for externally funded programs/projects.

Sandia offers several types of internships: Summer, Year-Round, Co-Op, and Critical Skills in a number of different Technical Institute Programs. Learn more about Sandia’s Student Internships.

Sandia offers various fellowship opportunities to exceptional individuals in support of our national security mission. We offer opportunities for fully funded graduate degrees as well as self-directed research. Learn more about Fellowships at Sandia.

Sandia’s postdoctoral program provides opportunities to work with top scientists and engineers using state-of-the-art instruments and tools. Postdoctoral appointees conduct leading-edge research, publish and present their findings, collaborate with others in academia and industry, and contribute to the advancement of technology in a wide variety of scientific fields. Learn more about Postdoc positions at Sandia.

Interested in collaborating with Sandia?

Sandia has dedicated a full-time, on-site Campus Partnership Manager (CPM) to assist with making new research connections and refresh existing connections between Sandia and UT Austin. Additional Sandia support from a Business Development Professional, Communications Specialist, and Recruiting Team Lead make up the complete Sandia - UT Austin Team.

Collaborations start with making connections between researchers with mutual interest and complementary expertise. The UT Austin Campus Partnership Manager, Nadine Miner, and the Sandia - UT Austin team is available to assist with making these connections.

Meet Sandia’s UT Austin Team

Past Events

Event: Sandia National Laboratories Tech Talk

Description: Charley Hanley, Senior Manager Grid Modernization and Resilient Infrastructure, will present a talk about Grid Modernization and Energy Storage, Challenges, Priorities and Key Projects at Sandia National Labs. He will discuss high profile and high impact projects that support our vision of what a world with advanced grid features can do.

Date: January 25, 2022

Event: Sandia National Laboratories Information Session

Description: This information session will provide an overview of collaborative mechanisms, and feature speakers from two strategic LDRD areas: (1) Trusted AI Strategic Initiative LDRD investment area and (2) Energy and Homeland Security LDRD Mission Foundation.

Date: November 3, 2021

Recording and Slides: Here are the links to the presentation recording and slides. We recommend downloading the mp4 file to view the recording.

Event: Sandia National Labs Informational Briefing

Description: The purpose of this event was to introduce Dr. Nadine Miner, Sandia’s UT Campus Partnership Manager (CPM), and Hannah Stagebye, Partnership Development Specialist, who provided an overview of Sandia, the Academic Alliance partnership, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD), and ways UT researchers van collaborate with Sandia researchers.

Date: May 19, 2021

Recording and Slides: Here are the links to the presentation recording and slides. We recommend downloading the mp4 file to view the recording.

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