Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Signatures Science and Technology (NSIP) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308448

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Job Description

PNNL is seeking graduate students for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP). Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, and science and apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger? Do you want to perform research and development critical to prevent and counter terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction? Are you interested in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives measurement and materials characterization?

If you answered yes, please join us as an intern in the Signatures Science and Technology Division. Your internship will land you in one of eight focus area.

  1. Applied Physics: We specialize in non-nuclear measurement sciences including Electromagnetics/Radiography, Optics/Infrared Spectroscopy, and Acoustics/Ultrasonics.

  2. Chemical and Biological Sciences: We solve challenges related to chemical and biological detection and forensics.

  3. Chemistry of Nuclear Materials: We specialize in synthesis, characterization, and analysis of nuclear and radiological materials and nuclear process science.

  4. Detection Systems: We develop radiation detection technology for supporting applied measurements and analysis for border security, treaty verification, and environmental monitoring applications.

  5. Intelligence Analysis: We provide analysis and analytical support of the nuclear fuel cycle, WMD production, signature characterization, statistical modeling, WMD forensics, hydrology, and geospatial analysis.

  6. Nuclear Engineering and Analysis: We design and analyze components utilized in nuclear applications, nuclear non-proliferation and criticality safety.

  7. Radiation Detection and Nuclear Science: We develop new capabilities in radionuclide detection, environmental assessment and remediation, treaty verification, detector materials development, and proliferation detection and prevention.

  8. Radiochemical Analysis: We perform research in areas such as radiochemistry, nuclear materials chemistry and analysis, instrument development, safeguards, fate and transport, and nuclear signatures.


Must complete all sections.

When prompted to “Upload Resume” all the documents listed below must be bundle into ONE-SINGLE PDF for upload:

1) Resume or CV

2) Unofficial transcript for all current and past degrees

3) 300-word essay describing how your specific interests pertain to one of the focus areas listed above.

If any one of the 3 components are not included and/or not uploaded in one-single PDF file, application will be rejected and will no longer be considered.

Electronic applications are accepted during October through February time-frame. The deadline to apply is 11:59:59 pm PST on closing date.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.

Some project may require U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

Disciplines of interest: acoustics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformaticists, chemistry, chemical engineering, computational chemistry, computer science, criminal network detection, electrical engineering, electromagnetics, forensic analysis, illicit trafficking, intelligence & security studies, material science, mathematical and statistical methods & modeling, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, microbiology, molecular biology, nuclear engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear physics, nuclear science, optical engineering, optics, particle physics, physical chemistry, physics, radiochemistry, radiography, software engineering, and technology assessment.

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: National Security Dir

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Nuclear Safety & Analy Team

Opening Date: 2018-10-10

Closing Date: 2019-02-16