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NGFP Research Assoc. - NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program 2018

Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Job Description

Job ID: 306396
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) prepares exceptional graduate students for a career in nuclear security. The program is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and is administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

This position is a 12-month, salaried appointment working within NNSA program offices in Washington D.C. or at other NNSA Field Offices nationwide. NGFP Fellows work alongside the nation’s leading scientists, engineers, and policy experts to help implement the NNSA's programs domestically and internationally. Mission areas Fellows support include, but are not limited to stockpile management and stewardship, defense programs, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, counterterrorism/counter-proliferation, and other pertinent NNSA mission areas.

Eligibility requirements for NGFP participation are as follows: graduate-level study or degree with academic specialization in a policy field (Security Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, or related), a science field (Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or related), an engineering field (Nuclear, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Industrial or related), or a combination of these studies. Candidates must have been enrolled in or have graduated from a graduate degree program in the above fields at some point between October 4, 2016 and October 4, 2017. Full-time participation is required for the duration of the fellowship term (June 2018 to June 2019). Additional qualifications include a minimum 3.20/4.00 cumulative GPA in graduate studies, and US citizenship at time of application.

For more detailed information on the program and application requirements, please visit the NGFP website at

***To Apply:
Please note that this position requires an additional application. Please click the ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page to submit the initial application. After that application has been submitted, please complete the supplemental application at Candidates who fail to complete the supplemental application will not be considered for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.20/4.00 is required.


Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.20/4.00 is required.

Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Level security clearance.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306396
Directorate: National Security
Division: Systems Engineering & Integration
Group: Nonproliferation Graduate Fellows

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:
* U.S. Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.