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Crystal Plasticity Modeling Summer Internship

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In this internship, you will contribute to crystal plasticity modeling research at INL. You will engage in literature review, Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) data analysis, the creation of 3D polycrystalline microstructures, and the calibration of in-house crystal plasticity models using MOOSE software.  Reporting to the Computational Mechanics and Materials group. This team works a 9x80 schedule, and works onsite at our Idaho Falls campus.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Doctorate Degree Program, enrolled full time at an accredited college/university, studying Nuclear Engineering, Material Science, or related
  • Background in solid mechanics, finite element methods, and crystal plasticity modeling
  • Experience in MOOSE and DREAM.3D
  • Knowledge in programming languages such as Python
  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. (including CPT and OPT)
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts (include current and completed degree programs)
  • Current class schedule and number of credits
  • You are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.

Compensation and Benefits:

PhD Internships Post-Candidacy ($33.75/hour - $36.06/hour)

Eligible interns are provided paid holiday time off, and many of our internships offer travel reimbursements.

Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and you will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on degree field and level of education.

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,800 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL hosts over 550 undergraduate and graduate students each year to support INL’s mission. Opportunities for interns at INL range from nuclear engineering to cybersecurity and include non-scientific positions in several operations and business subject areas.

Selective Service Requirements To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see

Equal Employment Opportunity Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Reasonable Accommodation We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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