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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition Internship (NSIP) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310071

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Data Sciences and Analytics

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high caliber candidates for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP) for an Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition Internship.

PNNL will host a mobile application (app) development competition to foster novel and creative approaches for countering biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction (CWMD). Intern teams will be responsible for identifying the target user and usage scenarios, as well as design and develop the application. Interns will be encouraged to leverage and adapt existing algorithms, models, tools, and other methods to support the analytic needs of the target users. Over the course of the 10-week program, each intern team will develop and produce a fully functional, tactical decision support aid, Android application. The experience will include mentorship from various field-related experts along with networking and exposure to working in a national laboratory environment with governmental sponsors. At the conclusion of the program, a panel of domain experts will judge the intern apps and the winners will be awarded. The competition will be managed to provide both a positive educational experience for the interns as well as a high-quality software product.

PNNL will organize, provide support, and guidance for a solid design and implementation process. Teams will be chosen to contain a suitable representation of experience, including software engineering, Android development, human-computer interaction, data science, and mathematical modeling and simulation. Additionally, interns will exhibit a strong desire to work collaboratively in a team, think creatively, and effectively communicate and present their ideas.

Some information on previous competitions can be found here:













Positions are located in Richland, WA with the competition beginning on June 9, 2020.

Note: Based on performance and capabilities demonstrated during the summer competition, there may be an opportunity to participate in additional NSD CA Division projects post August 14, 2020.


In order to have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the below instructions:

Combine the below into one (1) PDF document

  1. Current resume or CV

  2. Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed

  3. A 300-word essay describing your prior work, and how you see your skills fitting within the Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition.

When prompted to “Upload Resume” all documents listed above must be bundled into ONE-SINGLE PDF for resume upload.

If any one of the 3 components are not included in one-single PDF file, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on posting close date.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.

U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications

Android application development

Software engineering / computer science

Data science / Machine Learning / Statistics

User Experience Design

Preferred Education

Currently enrolled in a program in: computer science, software engineering, data science, statistics, user experience design, HCI, or related fields.

Must be available during the full duration of the time period between June 9, 2020 through August 14, 2020.

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: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2019-11-05

Closing Date: 2020-03-06