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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tech Student - MSIPP-EM Tech Intern Compositional study of the relative durability of various waste forms in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310393

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Radiological Materials

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.

Various materials can potentially be used to confine radioactive waste, including glass and cement waste forms. After being fabricated, these waste forms must be stable in a repository environment to ensure that the release of radionuclides and other contaminants are below regulatory requirements.

In this study, the student will aid in the design of a simulant nuclear waste form and design a set of experiments to understand the role of different components on the relative durability of the waste form in an aqueous environment. The student will be exposed to various analytical techniques in the project. These analytical techniques will include both analysis of solutions and solids.

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 or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution, ,

  • Working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree,

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and

  • Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in the MSIPP. The process and timing for drug testing varies from lab to lab. Use of Marijuana/Cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states. However, having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites and National Laboratories.

The candidate should be familiar with Microsoft Office.

The candidate should be pursuing a degree in materials engineering, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, or geological sciences. The candidate should have, at a minimum, taken a class in general chemistry, geology, or geochemistry, and the candidate should have taken a course where work in the laboratory was performed. A preference will be given to candidates who have or will be taking an analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, or materials science course.

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

Laboratory work will be performed in PNNL laboratory facilities and involves working with high temperatures (<1200 °C) and pressures, selected hazardous chemicals (acids, bases, etc.), trace levels of hazardous materials (RCRA heavy metals), and fine powders (silica, nanoparticles, etc.).

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Undergraduate Internships

Group: Radiological Materials

Opening Date: 2020-01-28

Closing Date: 2020-03-06