Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Soil Microbiology (MSIPP EM) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308777

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Sciences

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 carbon dynamics in the terrestrial subsurface environment. Through detailed characterization of subsurface carbon chemistry, we aim to better understand the coordinated processes that control the supply of carbon ligands (reactivity, functionality) that are available for complexation with long-lived radio-contaminants (e.g., iodine) at the Hanford Site, and potentially alter contaminant mobility in the subsurface and across the terrestrial subsurface-aquatic interface.

Briefly, total organic carbon will be extracted from representative soils from a depth of 70 feet down to 250 feet. Organic carbon pools will be size fractionated and quantified. Biomolecular characterization of the dissolved organic carbon fractions will be performed by high-resolution mass spectrometry in collaboration with researchers at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL).

The summer intern will work closely with PNNL staff scientists in experimental setup, sample collection, and data analyses.

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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 basic coursework in microbiology, soil/environmental sciences and/or hydrology.

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.

A degree in soil or environmental sciences.

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: Environmental Assmt & Engrg

Opening Date: 2019-01-10

Closing Date: 2019-02-02