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Undergrad Technical Intern - Process Monitoring

Job Description


At a time when complex environmental problems are emerging on every front, the Nuclear Sciences Division's staff, capabilities, and facilities are delivering science and technology innovations for the environment, as well as for energy and national security needs. Our diverse work addresses a wide range of national and international challenges, from providing solutions that protect the health of people who must work in hazardous environments, to developing durable new materials, streamlining industrial processes for improved productivity and effectiveness, and delivering new approaches for environmental cleanup. Nuclear Sciences Division capabilities and efforts are focused in three key areas including Environmental Health and Remediation, Nuclear Regulatory, and Nuclear Energy.


This position involves planning and performing experiments with non-radioactive materials and the subsequent interpretation and reporting of the data from these experiments. This work will require a broad range of analytical techniques and include operating optical spectroscopy equipment, collecting and interpreting experimental data and adapting experiments to meet project objectives.
The candidate will work under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers and will focus their initial efforts on performing spectroelectrochemical and spectroscopic experiments, chemical speciation, and materials characterization. Analytical skills of specific relevance include microfluidics, fluorescence, and spectroscopy, and the corresponding sample preparation, and data interpretation for these methods.
The candidate will be responsible for:
  • Providing solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.
  • Independently completing assigned tasks, exercising limited judgement on work details, and making preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives. This may include use of standard analytical equipment and/or creating custom analytical equipment (e.g., installed within glovebox/hot cell or to automate data collection).
  • Building a professional reputation for technical expertise by fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within specialty.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must be degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university. 
  • Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member.

  • The preferred candidate will have experience with optical spectroscopy, examples include Raman, and UV-vis-NIR.

  • Working towards a B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, radiochemistry, physics or nuclear engineering with 0-2 years of experience with spectroscopic or microfluidics techniques.

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Work will be in the RPL, a radiological facility.

Additional Information

Not Applicable.

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable.

About PNNL

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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
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.

Rockstar Rewards

Regular Hourly:
Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance. Employees are eligible for the company funded pension plan and 401k savings plan, once eligibility requirements are met.
Temporary Hourly:
Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance.