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Nuclear Criticality Safety Division Graduate Student Intern

Internship | Intern
Students | livermore, CA | 01/18/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We are looking for graduate students and for students who have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree 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).

In this role you will 

  • 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 program (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.

Qualifications

  • Must be a college or university student pursuing a graduate degree or has completed their bachelor’s or master’s 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.

Qualifications We Desire

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

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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