PhD Intern - NSIP - Technology, Policy, Analysis & Operations Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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National Security Directorate

Technology, Policy, Analysis & Operations Division
Job Description
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high caliber college students that have completed their bachelors or masters degree and are enrolled in a PhD program for intern assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP).
The world is a rapidly changing place. Ideas once thought to be science fiction are becoming reality. As quickly as nations solve problems, new challenges emerge. In this atmosphere of momentous change, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory''s National Security Internship Program is identifying and developing talented individuals for exciting assignments of the future. The United States'' growing emphasis in national security disciplines is creating outstanding career opportunities in fields that include:
  • Arms Control and Treaty Verification
  • Cyber Security
  • Global Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection and Analysis
  • Nuclear Stockpile Safeguards and Security
  • Nuclear Technologies
  • International Border Protection
  • Chemical and Biological Technologies
  • Explosives Detection
The Technology, Policy, Analysis and Operation Division consists of a diverse set of science, engineering, technical and policy capabilities infused with a great deal of operational experience which can be applied to a diverse set of programs and initiatives. These programs and initiatives range from analysis of a single data set or problem to analysis of huge and complex data sets of disparate data. The design and deployment of technologies in the field range from single system applications to large-scale programs in domestic and international locations. Our success is based on the combination of technical expertise, project management skills and a dedication to relationship management in order to solve our clients'' greatest challenges.
The specific objective to this internship is to develop talented, creative researchers who will augment the Laboratory''s capabilities in key technical areas that can be utilized in solving these global challenges in safeguards and nonproliferation.
Several of the assignments are directly supporting NNSA''s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI).
PNNL is seeking students who have completed bachelor''s or master''s degree
program from an accredited college or university.
The prospective candidate''s degree should be focused in disciplines described above. Up to 30 students will be selected to participate in NSIP annually.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for NSIP assignments. Applicants must be able to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
When asked to upload your resume to your application, you need to upload one

(1) PDF file that includes the following:
1.Current Resume or CV
2.Unofficial Transcripts for all current and past degrees
3.A 300-word essay describing why you are interested in a National Security Internship
and what you hope to get out of the program
Applications that do not include the items above in their single PDF upload will be disqualified as ineligible.
Minimum Requirements
Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
  • Technical Knowledge: A desire to learn new skills during assignments of limited scope
  • Level of Responsibility: Performs policy analysis, basic science or engineering tasks and activities with limited oversight either as an individual contributor or working with small groups for multiple projects
  • Ability to work independently and with multi-disciplinary teams in either support roles or limited leadership roles
  • Accountable for conducting and clearly documenting work performed
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
Additional Qualifications:
Applicants with experience in one or more of these disciplines or closely related topics are encouraged to apply:

  • Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, or other Engineering Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • International Relations
  • Health Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Applied Statistics and Accounting
  • Cyber security
  • Information Management and Analysis
  • Project Management
Any of the following skills could be helpful:
  • Technical writing
  • Experience working in research laboratories and practicing sound laboratory safety practices
  • Foreign language skills
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets and graphing software
  • Project management fundamentals
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
  • US Citizenship
  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing:
All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing.
In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

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