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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - MSIPP-EM Masters Intern Synthesis of Inorganic Materials for Contaminant Sorption in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310379

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & 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.

Management of subsurface contaminated plumes at Hanford site is difficult in part due to the presence of co-mingled contaminants including radioactive iodine, technetium, and uranium. The objective of this project is to facilitate development of the effective remedial approaches for these contaminants via design multifunctional materials that can be utilized for the in-situ or ex-situ treatment methodologies. Proposed inorganic materials have crystalline structure similar to the layered double hydroxides and can be doped with redox active centers to enhance contaminant sequestration upon sorption. Students research activities will focus on synthesis of inorganic materials, their characterization using various spectroscopic techniques, and testing for contaminant sorption.

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.

The candidate should have basic computer skills including familiarity with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Some experience working at a chemistry laboratory is desirable.

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: Nuclear Chem & Engineering

Opening Date: 2020-02-03

Closing Date: 2020-03-05