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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - NNSA MSIPP ESEM Internship in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311459

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group:Disruptive Technology

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking students who have a passion for science. The Energy Sciences: Experimental and Modeling (ESEM) University Consortium, part of the NNSA Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (NNSA-MSIPP), is a research-based program for students who are traditionally under-represented in science and engineering at one of the university partners; Prairie View A&M University, Tennessee State University, Morehouse College and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico San Germán Campus. The successful applicant is required to be a currently enrolled student at one of these institutions 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. The areas of focus for the ESEM University Consortium are the application of both experimental and modeling methods to the interaction of metal cations with amino acids and enzymes, informatics for materials discovery, the synthesis, characterization and fabrication of polymers for energy production and harvesting including nuclear materials, and the environmental impact of new materials.

PNNL’s core capabilities span a wide range of topics including 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.


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 addressing the following: (i) your educational goals and how your specific interests/experience align with the technical areas of the NNSA ESEM University Consortium and also pertain to one of PNNL’s core capabilities listed above, and (ii) if financial concerns were not a consideration what career would you choose and why?

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 3.0 is required.

Candidates must be matriculated in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) seeking degree program at one of the universities in the NNSA ESEM Consortium.

Candidates must have the ability to obtain future security clearance, which required U.S. citizenship.

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2021-02-05

Closing Date: 2021-03-07