Summer Internship in Nuclear Science and Security
For over 20 years, LLNL’s Glenn T. Seaborg Institute (GTSI) summer internship programs have offered graduate students the opportunity to engage in practical research experience to further their educational goals.
The goal of the program is to facilitate the training of next-generation scientists to solve critical national problems in the fields of nuclear science and security. For eight weeks, participating graduate and senior undergraduate students will have the opportunity to:
- Carry out research under the supervision of a staff scientist
- Attend a weekly lecture series
- Interact with other students
- Present their work in poster format at the end of the program
- Meet federal sponsors from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), an agency that enables the Department of Defense and the U.S. government to ensure nuclear deterrence and to prepare for and combat weapons of mass destruction and improvised threats.
June 14–August 6, 2021
LLNL, Livermore, CA—40 miles east of San Francisco.
Note that this assignment is for a full-time position during the summer academic break and will be run remotely with limited in-person opportunities.
The successful applicant must be enrolled in or entering an MS or PhD graduate program in 2021. Applicants are required to submit a CV/resume and a 250 word statement of research interests.
In addition, applicants considered for the summer internship will need to provide, upon request, one letter of recommendation and their graduate/undergraduate transcripts.
LLNL offers a generous salary depending on year in school and reimbursement for travel to and from LLNL.
For full consideration, apply for the appropriate job posting on LLNL’s Careers site (keyword search: Seaborg):
- Currently enrolled or recently graduated undergraduate students: Job reference number: REF343K
- Currently enrolled graduate students: Job reference number: REF366V
Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
Keisha Hamilton, GSTI Administrator: hamilton32 [at] llnl.gov
Mavrik Zavarin, GSTI Director: zavarin1 [at] llnl.gov
We have an opening for a biogeochemistry postdoctoral researcher to develop and pursue innovative research in the analysis of reaction chemistry and thermodynamics at mineral–water interfaces.
The selected postdoc will develop data mining, database development, machine learning, and traditional surface complexation modeling approaches for applications ranging from nuclear waste repository performance assessment to watershed and ecosystem water quality prediction.
Job ID: REF509D
For more information, view the job posting on LLNL’s Careers website.
The Seaborg Institute invites graduate students and faculty to come throughout the year to conduct research with staff scientists in the areas of environmental radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and heavy element research. For more information, please contact Mavrik Zavarin at zavarin1 [at] llnl.gov.
The Seaborg Institute invites students from the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium to inquire about unique opportunities available through this consortium.
For more information, please contact Keisha Hamilton at hamilton32 [at] llnl.gov, Stephan Friedrich at friedrich1 [at] llnl.gov, or Mavrik Zavarin at zavarin1 [at] llnl.gov.
LLNL is a partner in the DOE Traineeship in Nuclear and Radiochemistry led by Washington State University (WSU) and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). WSU and CSM radiochemistry trainees are invited to come to LLNL through the Seaborg Institute to conduct hands-on research in the LLNL summer program. For more information, please contact Mavrik Zavarin at zavarin1 [at] llnl.gov.
LLNL is a partner in the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT) led by the University of Michigan. We welcome students and faculty to inquire about consortium opportunities available at LLNL. For more information, please contact Stephan Friedrich at friedrich1 [at] llnl.gov.
LLNL is a partner in the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) led by the North Carolina State University. We welcome students and faculty to inquire about consortium opportunities available at LLNL. For more information, please contact Stephan Friedrich at friedrich1 [at] llnl.gov.
Opportunities Outside LLNL
The Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School (NFUSS) provides a comprehensive, hands-on training curriculum in nuclear forensics.
The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors two INTENSIVE six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. The Schools are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Eastern Site, Long Island, NY) and San Jose State University (Western Site, San Jose, CA). Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy. The Summer School program at San Jose State University includes a field trip to LLNL.
The Nuclear Analytical Techniques (NAT) summer school, located at UC Davis, consists of some lectures, but mostly hands-on activities involving nuclear analytical techniques. Students will perform Neutron Activation Analysis using the McClellan Nuclear Research Center, study proton elastic scattering at the Crocker cyclotron facility, gain experience and skills in counting with NaI and HPGe crystals, and learn about detectors and analysis techniques important across a broad range of science and industry.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a full-time, salaried fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy for highly motivated graduate-level students interested in a career in nuclear security.
The Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) supports the establishment of a team to conduct advanced research in the field of nuclear forensics. The NFRA team includes university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and a national or defense laboratory partner.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) program is intended to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate student’s overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.