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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Signatures Science and Technology Intern (NSIP) in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310080

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Job Description

PNNL is seeking graduate students for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP). Positions are available in Richland, WA and Seattle, WA, based on business need.

Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, and science and apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger? Do you want to perform research and development critical to prevent and counter terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction? Are you interested in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives measurements and materials characterization?

If you answered yes, please join us as an intern in the Signature Science and Technology Division. Your internship will land you in one of seven focus area.

  1. Applied Radiation Detection: We discover and measure radiological signatures by integrating nuclear science, novel sensor development, and data science to support interdiction, emergency response, and international treaty support.

  2. Biological and Chemical Sciences: We develop integrated experimental and data analytics techniques spanning chemistry, advanced materials, and biology to overcome threat detection challenges with solutions that can be operationalized.

  3. Detection Physics: We steward ultra-low background capability to develop some of the world’s most sensitive radiation detection systems and drive solutions that span fundamental physics discovery to treaty verification by integrating modeling, experimentation, data science, and support staff.

  4. Disruptive Technology: We focus on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, algorithm development, and systems design to serve as flywheel for feeding technology advancements into capabilities across the division.

  5. Global Nuclear Science and Technology: We conduct research, development, and analysis on nuclear materials, processes, and technologies while integrating analysts and experimentalists across nuclear and radiochemistry, material science and engineering, and nuclear engineering.

  6. Nuclear Engineering and Analysis: We integrate scientific and production expertise in the design, modeling, and nondestructive evaluation of nuclear reactors and facilitates to support isotope production, nuclear fuels, transportation packages, and proliferation assessments.

  7. Radiochemical Analysis: We implement analytical chemistry methods to determine elemental and isotopic composition in a variety of sample types, ranging from environmental samples to radioactive samples, and integrates research and operational capabilities.


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. Resume or CV

  2. Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed

  3. 300-word essay describing how your specific interests pertain to one of the focus areas listed above

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.

Some projects may require U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

Disciplines of interest: acoustics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformaticists, chemistry, chemical engineering, computational chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, criminal network detection, electrical engineering, electromagnetics, forensic analysis, geospatial analysis, illicit trafficking, intelligence & security studies, law enforcement, material science, mathematical and statistical methods & modeling, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, microbiology, molecular biology, nuclear engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear physics, nuclear science, nuclear security and risk analysis, optical engineering, optics, particle physics, physical chemistry, physics, radiochemistry, radiography, security studies, software engineering, technology assessment, and terrorism.

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: Nuclear Safety & Analysis

Opening Date: 2019-11-06

Closing Date: 2020-03-06