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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - MSIPP-EM Masters Intern Expanding the Microbiological Toolbox for Site Characterization and Remediation Strategy Development in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310384

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Environmental Assessment and Engineering

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.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Earth System Sciences Division is seeking a highly motivated summer intern to participate in research aimed at understanding the biogeochemical controls that influence the movement of radionuclides in the terrestrial subsurface environment. The specific objective of this project is to provide characterization of soil microbiology responses and adaptations to changing environmental conditions to help inform the deployment and management of biogeochemical remediation strategies. Specifically, subsurface soils from the Hanford Site will be evaluated for 1) baseline and respiratory response(s) to remedial amendments at varying degrees of water saturation to identify key system drivers, and 2) microbiological signatures that correlate reliably with site specific conditions and remedial treatment responsiveness. The summer intern will work closely with PNNL staff scientists in experimental setup, sample collection, and data analyses.

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

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,

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

  • Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in the MSIPP. The process and timing for drug testing varies from lab to lab. Use of Marijuana/Cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states. However, having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites and National Laboratories.

Preferred candidates will have completed basic coursework in microbiology, soil/environmental sciences and/or hydrology.

A degree in microbiology, soil, or environmental science or engineering.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Laboratory work will be performed in PNNL laboratory facilities and involves working with high temperatures (<1200 °C) and pressures, selected hazardous chemicals (acids, bases, etc.), trace levels of hazardous materials (RCRA heavy metals), and fine powders (silica, nanoparticles, etc.).

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Environ Assessment & Eng

Opening Date: 2020-01-28

Closing Date: 2020-03-05