at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Dover, Delaware, United States
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex-from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation’s borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities-rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools-are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.
PNNL is seeking PhD students for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP).
Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, and science and apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger? Do you want to perform research and development critical to prevent and counter terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction? Are you interested in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives measurement and materials characterization?
If you answered yes, please join us as an intern in the Signature Science and Technology Division. Your internship will land you in one of seven focus area.
1. Applied Radiation Detection: We discover and measure radiological signatures by integrating nuclear science, novel sensor development, and data science to support interdiction, emergency response, and international treaty support.
2. Biological and Chemical Sciences: We develop integrated experimental and data analytics techniques spanning chemistry, advanced materials, and biology to overcome threat detection challenges with solutions that can be operationalized.
3. Detection Physics: We represent PNNL’s ultra-low background capability and develop some of the world’s most sensitive radiation detection systems; driving solutions that span fundamental physics to treaty verification by integrating modeling, experimentation, data science, and support staff.
4. Disruptive Technology: We focus on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, algorithm development, and systems design to serve as flywheel for feeding technology advancements into capabilities across the division.
5. Global Nuclear Science and Technology: We conduct research, development, and analysis on nuclear materials, processes, and technologies while integrating analysts and experimentalists across nuclear and radiochemistry, material science and engineering, and nuclear engineering.
6. Nuclear Engineering and Analysis: We integrate scientific and production expertise in the design, modeling, and nondestructive evaluation of nuclear reactors and facilitates to support isotope production, nuclear fuels, transportation packages, and proliferation assessments.
7. Radiochemical Analysis: We implement analytical chemistry methods to determine elemental and isotopic composition in a variety of sample types, ranging from environmental samples to radioactive samples, and integrates research and operational capabilities.
HOW TO APPLY****
To have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below:
Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: if applying to multiple positions, the resume uploaded will be the resume used for all positions an applicant applies towards)
Step 2: Combine the two (2) below requested documents into one (1) PDF document and name this file NSIP-SST This combined document must be uploaded into the “Additional Documents” section.
1) Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed
2) 300-word essay describing how your specific interests pertain to one of the focus areas listed above, such as personal projects, hobbies outside of class, or any other activity to help you gain extra experience in your field beyond textbook knowledge.
If any one of the 3 components are not uploaded per the instructions listed, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.
+ Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college.
+ Minimum GPA of 3.30 is required.
Disciplines of interest: acoustics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformaticists, chemistry, chemical engineering, computational chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, criminal network detection, electrical engineering, electromagnetics, forensic analysis, geospatial analysis, illicit trafficking, intelligence & security studies, law enforcement, material science, mathematical and statistical methods & modeling, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, microbiology, molecular biology, nuclear engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear physics, nuclear science, nuclear security and risk analysis, optical engineering, optics, particle physics, physical chemistry, physics, radiochemistry, radiography, security studies, software engineering, technology assessment, and terrorism.
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
Some projects may require U.S. citizenship.
Testing Designated Position
This is not a Testing Designated position.
Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity
Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job applic