Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tech Student - Electron Paramagnetic Spectroscopy Intern (MSIPP EM) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308769

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & 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.

Electron Paramagnetic Spectroscopy (EPR), relies upon placing a sample in an external magnetic field and observing the resonance of unpaired electron spin. This project will develop a new EPR spectroscopic method for non-destructive (NDA) measurements of chemical signatures of nuclear materials intended for use in the field.

The method will rely upon the direct observation of stable paramagnetic trace species resulting from nuclear fission that are also rare in the natural environment. Examples of the EPR active species which can be observed at ambient temperature include Ru3+, Rh4+, Mo5+, Nb4+ and Gd3+.

The project will start with cataloguing naturally occurring EPR signals, and commence with construction of a spectral library of nuclear fission related isotopes.

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Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be degree-seeking students enrolled at an accredited college or university. Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.0


Preferred Qualifications

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States,

  • Be at least 18 years of age ,

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate 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.

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: Undergraduate Internships

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engrng

Opening Date: 2019-01-10

Closing Date: 2019-02-02