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PhD Intern - Technology Commercialization

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Richland
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world's greatest science and technology challenges. Our research lays a foundation for innovations that advance sustainable energy through decarbonization and energy storage and enhance national security through nuclear materials and threat analyses. PNNL conducts over $1.25B in research and development annually and averages one invention every business day.
PNNL's Technology Deployment and Outreach Office is seeking undergraduate through graduate-level interns to bring new life science, security, sustainability, and energy-related technologies to market. In this role, the intern will report directly to a Senior Commercialization Manager to help evaluate new technologies, assess market potential, and develop commercialization strategies.

  • Invention and technology evaluations: evaluate invention reports and new technologies for commercial viability, technical feasibility, and intellectual property considerations.

  • Market opportunity assessments: conduct market research to identify trends and potential licensees.

  • Technology transfer strategy: assist with developing commercialization plans, including go-to-market strategies, economic analysis, and lead generation.

  • Industry engagement: participate in business development and license negotiation meetings to gain market insights and technology transfer skills.

  • Critical emerging technology evaluations: assist in the assessment of technologies for dual use, export control, and emerging technology criticality assessments.

  • Research and data analytics: collect data and support data analytics to develop and establish the effectiveness of technology transfer strategies, to develop and test theories, including topics related to emerging commercialization pathways, effective methods for critical emerging technology protection and industrialization, place-based innovation and successful public-private partnerships for commercialization of technology.

  • The internship is a 10-week program and paid hourly on a full-time basis during Summer 2023 with an option to extend to part-time in Fall 2023. Start and end dates and part-time/full-time are flexible.

    In addition to the specific duties above, the Technology Commercialization Interns will be part of an active PNNL engagement program designed to provide insight across the organization, professional development, and networking opportunities. As a PNNL intern, you will discover that the experience is more than simply an internship - it is an intentional platform to launch your future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career.
    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college.

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Currently enrolled in a PhD degree program in a related field (e.g., business, science, engineering, technology).

      • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

      • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

      • Familiarity with data collection and summarization.

      • Proficient in using Excel and PowerPoint.

      • Familiarity with online collaboration tools, such as Wikis or Microsoft Teams.

        To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in a Technology Commercialization Internship.
        Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
        Not applicable.
        Additional Information
        Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign National Access Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.
        Intern will be required to travel once to lab in Richland, Washington.
        Testing Designated Position
        This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).
        About PNNL
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
        At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or -3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
        Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity
        Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.
        We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .
        Drug Free Workplace
        PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.
        Mandatory Requirements
        Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
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        Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance. Employees are eligible for the company funded pension plan and 401k savings plan, once eligibility requirements are met.
        Temporary Hourly:
        Employees are offered an employee assistance program and business travel insurance.
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