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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Mechanical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311512

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Predictability & Resiliency

Job Description

The candidate for this position will actively participate in interdisciplinary projects to study the environmental impact of renewable energy systems such as conventional hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic energy, and wind power. Job responsibility include autonomous sensor design, autonomous sensor plan platform design, energy harvesting devices for sensor platforms, self-powered sensor design, experimental design, digital signal acquisition in laboratory and field settings, data processing and analysis, and assisting with journal article and report writing.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited college.

The candidate must have demonstrated experience with digital signal acquisition and processing, surface water instrumentation and data acquisition, or acoustic instrument and measurements. The candidate must have experience with analysis and visualization tools (e.g., MATLAB; Tecplot; Excel). In addition, the successful candidate will be able to work well in a team setting; will exhibit a strong work ethic; will be self-motivated; and will place a high value on data quality and accuracy.

Knowledge of underwater acoustic or hydroacoustics and good publication record will be a plus.

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

  • Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program focusing on mechanical engineering, or a related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in development of energy-harvesting devices (e.g., wave, thermal, mechanical, piezoelectric, etc.)

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Must be comfortable working in the field, including on a research vessel


Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Earth Syst Predicta & Resil

Opening Date: 2021-01-07

Closing Date: 2021-02-06