Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Fate and Transport of Contaminants in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308782

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Subsurface Science and Technology

Job Description

The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that complement current and future missions of DOE national laboratories. The MSIPP Internship program is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our industry.

MSIPP Interns will be given the opportunity to complete Summer Internships aligned with ongoing U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) research under the direction of a host national laboratory. The internship will be performed at the host national laboratory, utilizing their facilities and equipment under the guidance of a research staff member.

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students.

The laboratory-based research involves experiments conducted to evaluate the processes that control the release and mobility of contaminants and their interactions with minerals, soils and sediments. The student will conduct research to determine the extent and rate of adsorption/desorption reactions, study the fate and transport of contaminants (e.g., U, Tc, Cr and I), and investigate changes in the chemical, mineralogical and physical properties of soils/sediments at different temporal and spatial scales. The student will be setting up and running batch and/or hydraulically saturated and unsaturated column experiments in support of these efforts. If time allows, the student will also process this data into meaningful graphs and tables. The student will be required to follow strict quality control requirements, and use equipment including pipettes, balances, pH meters, and other standard laboratory equipment.

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Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.


Preferred Qualifications

Must have completed science classes that include laboratory work. In addition, the following skills or experience will prove useful:

Mechanical pipette

Data processing

Quality control

Detailed and readable note taking

Time management

Experience with batch and/or column experiments

Maintenance of QA/QC documents

Glassware maintenance (wash/clean)



Lab "housekeeping"

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States,

  • Be at least 18 years of age ,

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution,

  • Working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree, and

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Subsurface Sci & Technology

Opening Date: 2019-01-10

Closing Date: 2019-02-02