1+ months

Nuclear Criticality Safety Division Student Intern

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We are looking for graduate student interns to work in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division (NCSD) within the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Directorate. You may provide technical support relative to several of the LLNL nuclear facilities (e.g., the Plutonium Facility and radiological facilities).  These facilities support DOE programs involving fissile materials disposition, dismantlement, verification technologies, and stockpile stewardship.  You may also assist in research and development in support of the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP).

Essential Duties
- Students will work with a mentor and LLNL personnel performing criticality safety related tasks.
- Under limited direction and supervision, conduct work or research in assigned area.
- Perform technical/scientific assignments of a moderate degree of complexity and provide advanced technical support to meet project milestones or deadlines to engineers and scientists.  Assist experienced staff in developing:
         Criticality safety evaluations; or  
         Research and development activities in support of relevant programs
         (e.g., the US DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program); or
         Configuration management and upgrade project documents for facility building systems
         (e.g., criticality accident alarm systems and nuclear accident dosimetry).  
- Gather and analyze data and information in support of the work activity.
- Participate in planning and evaluation discussions.
- Present informal progress reports to supervisor/mentor on a regular basis.
- Work safely and efficiently on multiple projects simultaneously
- Attend relevant seminars and/or conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Must be a college or university student pursuing a graduate degree in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related field.
- Ability to evaluate proposed changes relevant to nuclear facilities and/or their operations.
- Ability to prepare technical documents following appropriate protocols (e.g., CSE, CEdT).
- Ability to support ongoing operations and modifications in facilities where at times the work may not be well defined.
- Ability to apply principles of engineering (i.e. business, communication, etc.) to solve problems.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present concepts and ideas.
- Experience working with personal computers and familiarity with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Ability to work in a team environment.

 Desired Qualifications
- Experience performing radiation measurements.
- Experience with radiation transport codes (e.g., COG, GEANT, MCNP, or SCALE).


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a Temporary Student Intern appointment.  This assignment is for a full-time position during the summer academic break or a year-round part-time position during the academic year and full time during academic breaks. Refer to the Scholar Program website at https://scholars.llnl.gov/ for additional student employment information. 

Salaries are based on student academic level. 

Selected applicants will be required to provide transcripts.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Posted: 2020-09-25 Expires: 2020-12-05

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