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PhD Intern - Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program - National Nuclear Security Administration (MSIPP-NNSA)

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex—from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities—rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools—are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking graduate students who have a passion for solving complex problems in national security, energy, and science. The Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program - National Nuclear Security Administration (MSIPP-NNSA) is a research-based experience for students who are traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
PNNL’s core capabilities are chemical and molecular sciences; chemical engineering; biological systems science; climate change science; environmental subsurface science; applied materials science and engineering; applied nuclear science and technology; advanced computer science, visualization, and data; systems engineering and integration; and large-scale user facilities/advanced instrumentation. Students of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.
These positions will be for 10-12 weeks during the summer 2022, are available in Richland, WA or Seattle, WA but could also be conducted remotely from each individual student’s location.
****HOW TO APPLY****
To have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below:
Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: if applying to multiple positions, the resume uploaded will be the resume used for all positions an applicant applies towards)
Step 2: Combine the two (2) below requested documents into one (1) PDF document and name this file MSIPP-NNSA This combined document must be uploaded into the “Additional Documents” section. 
1) Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed
2) 300-word essay describing how your specific interests pertain to one of the focus areas listed above, such as personal projects, hobbies outside of class, or any other activity to help you gain extra experience in your field beyond textbook knowledge.
If any one of the 3 components are not uploaded per the instructions listed, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.
The successful applicant is required to be a currently enrolled student at a Minority Serving Institution and will work side-by-side with a scientist in a specific research area that aligns with NNSA’s mission by applying cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger.


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:
Preferred candidates must be pursuing degrees at an MSI in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus areas that align with NNSA’s mission by applying cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger. Such research areas include radiation detection, radiochemistry, mass spectrometry, computational science, high-energy physics, biology, and cyber-security.