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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tech Student - MSIPP-EM Tech Intern Immobilization of ionic and anionic co-contaminants in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310387

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Subsurface Science & Technology

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.

The laboratory-based research involves experiments conducted to evaluate the processes that control the removal and subsequent release of contaminants using a bismuth-based material. The student will conduct research to determine the extent and rate of adsorption/desorption reactions, study the fate and transport of contaminants (e.g., U, Cr and I), and investigate changes in the chemical, mineralogical and physical properties of the bismuth material at different temporal and spatial scales. The student will be setting up and running batch experiments in support of these efforts. If time allows, the student will also process this data into meaningful graphs and tables. The student will be required to follow strict quality control requirements, and use equipment including pipettes, balances, pH meters, and other standard laboratory equipment.

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.

Preferred, but not required, skills include: Mechanical pipette, data processing, quality control, detailed and readable note taking, time management, experience with batch experiments, maintenance of QA/QC documents, glassware maintenance (wash/clean), SigmaPlot, multitasking, lab "housekeeping".

The candidate should have completed basic chemistry courses and have experience with basic chemistry practices, such as measuring pH. Geosciences courses would also be helpful, but not required. The candidate will need to take detailed, thorough notes of all laboratory work and must be well organized. Experience with mechanical pipettes would be useful, but not required.

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: Subsurface Science & Technolog

Opening Date: 2020-01-29

Closing Date: 2020-03-05