Nuclear Operations Student Intern

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Students & Faculty
Organization:  Nuclear Operations
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104526
Job Code: Under Grad Student (705.1) / Grad Student R&D/Technical (705.2)
Date Posted: November 30 2018

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Text revised 02/04/18; Previous candidates need not reapply.

Originally posted on 11/31/18.

We are looking for summer student interns to work in our Nuclear Operations Directorate (NOD). The positions are in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division (NCSD), Safety Basis Division (SBD),and system engineering programsYou will provide technical support relative to several of the LLNL nuclear facilities (e.g., Radiography Facility, Hardened Engineering Test Building, Tritium Facility, Plutonium Facility, and radiological facilities).  These facilities support DOE programs involving fissile materials disposition, dismantlement, verification technologies, and stockpile stewardship.

NOTE: This is a Temporary Student Intern appointment. This assignment is for a full time position during the summer academic break with the potential to continue part-time during the academic school year.  Refer to the Scholar Program website at additional student employment information.

Selected applicants will be required to provide transcripts.


Essential Duties                                                                                                   

At the Undergraduate Level (Non-Exempt):
- Students will work with mentor and NOD personnel performing safety analysis, system engineering, or criticality safety related tasks.
- Gather and analyze data or information, provide input to, and prepare various documents depending on the specific appointment (e.g., work control documents, USQDs, safety basis calculations, and/or Criticality Safety Evaluations (CSE), and critical/subcritical design team (CEdT) reports).
- Provide technical support, and assist experienced staff in developing and maintaining documentation for nuclear facilities and activities conducted at LLNL. This includes supporting development of:
  • facility safety basis documents such as: Documented Safety Analyses (DSAs), Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs), Unreviewed Safety Question (USQ) documents, Evaluation of the Safety of the Situation, Justification of Continued Operations (JCO), as well as safety basis amendments.
  • criticality safety basis documentation; 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.  These tasks will support ongoing operations and modifications in nuclear facilities.
- Present informal progress reports to supervisor/mentor on a regular basis.
- Work safely and efficiently on multiple projects simultaneously 
- Assist with reviewing, from a broad technical perspective, the structures, systems, components, processes, materials, and potential energy sources used in facilities.
- Perform technical/scientific assignments at a basic to moderate degree of complexity and provide advanced technical support to engineers and scientists.
- Gather and analyze data and information in support of the work activity.
- Participate in planning and evaluation discussions.
- Attend relevant seminars and/or conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
At the Graduate and Recent Graduate Level (Exempt):
- Under limited direction and supervision will conduct work or research in assigned area.
- Performs assignments of a moderate degree of complexity and provides advanced support to meet project milestones or deadlines. 

At the Undergraduate Level (Non-Exempt):
- Must be a continuing college or university student in good standing at an accredited institution pursuing an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related field
- Ability to apply basic principles of engineering (i.e. business, communication, etc.) to solve 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.
At the Graduate and Recent Graduate Level (Exempt):
- Must be a continuing college or university student in good standing at an accredited institution pursuing a graduate degree or a recent graduate within one year.
- Ability to evaluate proposed changes relevant to nuclear facilities and/or their operations.
- Ability to prepare technical documents following appropriate NOD analytical protocols (e.g., USQD, CSE, CEdT).
- Ability to support ongoing operations and modifications in LLNL facilities where at times the work may not be well defined.
Desired Qualifications
- Familiarity with nuclear facilities (e.g., DOE, Commercial Power, Navy Nuclear) and their operations.
- Experience in criticality safety, safety analysis,or system engineering is strongly desired.


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, or a year-round part time position during the academic year and full time during academic breaks.  

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 $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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