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EEDIP PhD Intern Summer 2024 – Nuclear Sciences (7969)

Job Description


At a time when complex environmental problems are emerging on every front, the Nuclear Sciences Division's staff, capabilities, and facilities are delivering science and technology innovations for the environment, as well as for energy and national security needs. Our diverse work addresses a wide range of national and international challenges, from providing solutions that protect the health of people who must work in hazardous environments, to developing durable new materials, streamlining industrial processes for improved productivity and effectiveness, and delivering new approaches for environmental cleanup. Nuclear Sciences Division capabilities and efforts are focused in three key areas including Environmental Health and Remediation, Nuclear Regulatory, and Nuclear Energy.


NOTE:  Several documents are strictly required to submit with the application to be eligible for this position. Please read the entire job posting for detailed instructions.



Are you interested in making the world a better place while gaining valuable research experience to launch your career?  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking undergraduate students who are passionate about creating a sustainable energy future through science and engineering. The Energy and Environment Diversity Internship Program (EEDIP) provides a 10–12-week paid research-based experience for students who are traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 


Nuclear Sciences Division staff work to advance our nation’s energy independence, remediate legacy nuclear waste, and prevent acts of terrorism by applying experimentation and modeling of nuclear materials behavior and processing providing innovative solutions to the US government, and industry.  Are you interested in chemistry, material science, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or computer science?


If you answered yes, please join us as an intern in the Nuclear Sciences Division.  Your internship will land you in one of the following focus areas. 

  • Experimental and Computational Engineering: multi-phase fluid dynamics, structural and safety analysis, heat transport, nuclear radiation modeling, reactive transport, and nuclear material storage and transportation
  • Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering: radiochemical process engineering, irradiated materials characterization, dosimetry and radiation effects, and radiochemical separations and conversions
  • Radiological Materials: waste-form development, waste vitrification and immobilization, glass and materials science and fabrication, cementitious material development and characterization, process engineering and development, and off-gas capture and immobilization
  • Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design: stress corrosion cracking, post-irradiation examination, non-destructive examination, materials characterization through electron microscopy, computational materials science and data analytics, and design of electro-mechanical hardware

EEDIP interns at PNNL take part on The Gold Experience, which includes networking with fellow interns and PNNL staff, and professional growth opportunities throughout the summer. This experience helps interns become educated on the breadth of research undertaken at PNNL.

If you’re interested in making the world a better place, and gaining valuable research experience to launch your career, please apply. Many students return for multiple internships and successfully apply for full time positions following graduation.


****HOW TO APPLY**** 


To have a complete application package, the (2) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below for consideration:

Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: If applying to multiple positions, the most recent resume uploaded will be used for all positions an applicant applies to).

Step 2: Upload a Cover Letter separately in “Additional Documents” section of the application titled “Nuclear Sciences - Summer 2024 EEDIP Cover Letter”.

  • Cover letter should include: Statement of interest, reference relevant college courses, and relevant experience that may include extracurricular activities that have prepared you for this career.

If any of the components (resume and cover letter) are not uploaded per the instructions above, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Disciplines of interest: additive manufacturing, chemical engineering, chemistry, computational modeling, computer science, material science, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, software engineering, and systems engineering

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment


Not Applicable.

Additional Information


Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position


Not a Testing Designated Position.

About PNNL


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.

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 application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at

Drug Free Workplace


PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements


Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance. Employees are eligible for the company funded pension plan and 401k savings plan, once eligibility requirements are met.


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Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance.


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