Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Glass Characterization (MSIPP EM) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308768

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Radiological Materials

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 Hanford site in Richland, WA is home to over 50 million gallons of waste stored in leaking tanks. An accepted approach for trapping this waste in a stable form is the process of vitrification. This involves the conversion of waste into a glassy form. To optimize this process for a resulting glass product that has ideal properties, extensive experimentation should be done to understand how the glass structure and properties are related and how do we control this relationship.

Student will assist team of researchers with experimental work including glass processing (preparation of experimental glasses), preparation of chemical batches for heat treatments or melting, and preparation of samples for analysis. Analysis of samples will include optical microscopy with image analysis, thermal analysis by thermal gravimetric methods, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).

Presentation of experimental work and data to staff at meetings is required. Student(s) are encouraged to follow up research with a publication.

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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

Main requirements: College chemistry with laboratory experience, computer skills (e.g. excel, powerpoint), and experience writing reports.

No previous training is required, on-the-job training will be provided.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States,

  • Be at least 18 years of age ,

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time 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.

Materials Science and Engineering or chemistry degree ideal.

Physical sciences, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or related are acceptable.

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: Radiological Materials

Opening Date: 2019-01-09

Closing Date: 2019-02-02