Health Physics Student Intern

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Students & Faculty
Organization:  ESH and Quality
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104333
Job Code: Grad Student R&D/Technical (705.2) / Recent Grad Intern Ex (712.0)
Date Posted: October 18 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have two openings for graduate-level or recent graduate summer interns in the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate. You will work under the direction of the Radiation Protection Functional Area Manager to complete a project, or series of projects, that combine hands-on experience with technical knowledge. You will interact with all levels of personnel at the Laboratory including managers, experimenters, technicians, and other personnel that may be outside the ES&H Directorate.


Essential Duties

Under the direction of LLNL Health Physics staff, and as time permits:

- Review LLNL’s written radiological training program and evaluate the proper flow down of training requirements in 10 CFR 835.

- Write the “Training” chapter for LLNL’s new draft Radiological Control Manual, transferring existing material in the ES&H Manual Documents and add where needed.

- Investigate to fully understand LLNL’s current radiological worker practical training program.

- Interact with various rad worker groups, field health physicists and radiological control technicians to collect practical training concepts and elements that will fulfill LLNL’s desire to tailor practical training to groups working with: 1) Radiation Generating Devices (RGDs), 2) Non-dispersible radioactive material, and 3) Dispersible radioactive material.

- Write a syllabus for each of the 3 practical courses above.

- Write an evaluation of rapid survey methods for flash pulse X-ray RGDs using available LLNL instruments and/or potential alternative instruments for purchase.

- Research and write operation procedure for field liquid scintillation counters (LSCs).

- Present a summary of your work to ES&H Management and other audiences.

- Perform other duties as assigned.



- Must be a college or university student pursuing a graduate degree in health physics, nuclear engineering, or a closely related technical field, or a recent bachelor’s or master’s graduate within one year.

- Ability to apply scientific methods to solve a defined problem or study question.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

- Strong analytical skills.


Desired Qualifications

- Ability to apply basic and fundamental health physics concepts in a work environment.

- Experience in research and/or laboratory-type work settings as well as experience or working knowledge in mathematics and science.

- Demonstrated academic achievement in subject matter associated with radiation safety.

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.


Note:   This is a Temporary Student Intern appointment.  This assignment is for a full-time position during the summer academic break. Selected applicants will be required to provide transcripts.  Refer to the Scholar Program website at for additional student employment information. 


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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.

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