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High Energy Density Science (HEDS) Center - Grad Student Intern - Summer 2024

Internship | Full-time
Students | livermore, CA | 10/06/2023

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$6,200/mo to $7,520/mo

This position is a step structure. Please note that the step placement is determined by academic level.  If selected transcripts will be required.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for graduate students or students who have recently graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree to engage in practical research experience to further their educational goals. Opportunities include participation in projects lead by the LLNL scientists in the research area, including: High Energy Density Physics; Optical and X-Ray Imaging; Astrophysics and Planetary Science; Atomic Physics; Accelerator Science; and Plasma and Fusion Energy Science. These positions are with the LLNL High Energy Density Science (HEDS) center in the Physics Division.

The HEDS center at LLNL is a focal point for connecting experts around the world with the extensive experimental and computational capabilities at LLNL.  The center's mission is to strengthen fundamental research collaborations in the field of HEDS between LLNL and the academic community, and to enhance educational opportunities in HED science for students.  Details about LLNL's High Energy Density Science Center may be found at:

Summer positions are generally May-September with the possibility of extension. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2024.

You will 

  • Learn how scientists perform research in experiment, theory, or modeling simulation.
  • Under limited direction and supervision will learn how to conduct research in assigned area by using various simulation, data analysis or experimental techniques.
  • Perform technical assignments of a basic degree of complexity and provide advanced technical support to scientists in scientific research and development projects to advance your education.
  • Present work through presentations and/or poster sessions.


  • Must be a continuing student in good standing at an accredited institution pursuing a graduate degree or have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in Physics or related field.
  • Experience applying basic physics principles to solve technical problems.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills.
  • Ability to present and communicate concepts and ideas.
  • Experience working with personal computers and familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of operating PC and/or Macintosh computer to translate and report scientific data.

Qualifications We Desire

  • GPA of 3.0 or above.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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.) 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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