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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Chemical Engineering in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310705

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Materials and Processing

Group: Chemical and Biological Processing

Job Description

We are seeking an outstanding PhD Student Intern to join our multi-disciplinary team focused on developing new ways to produce renewable fuels and chemicals using heterogeneous catalysis. The intern will join a team of researchers working on process and catalyst development aimed at efficiently converting renewable feedstocks such as biomass and waste into valuable fuels and chemical products. In this position, the candidate will explore the characterize the structure and function of heterogeneous catalysts (e.g. mixed oxides, zeolites) used to convert low-value feedstocks into fuels and chemicals.

The selected candidate is expected to conduct laboratory-based research activities and support writing of research manuscripts, as well as interact, communicate, and problem-solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have some experience in the development of heterogeneous catalysts.

The ideal candidate is safety-oriented, possesses good written and oral communication skills, and has demonstrated an ability to collaborate effectively.

Preferred candidates will have a strong track record of demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, independent execution of routine research tasks, and ability to learn new concepts and research techniques.

Currently enrolled in Ph.D Chemical Engineering or related discipline

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

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

Position requires laboratory work with catalytic reactors operating at high pressure and temperature.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Chemical & Bio Processing

Opening Date: 2020-03-26

Closing Date: 2020-04-05