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PhD Intern - Technology Commercialization Research S2-Edge Tech Transfer Internship

Are you interested in learning how inventions and scientific research are transformed into new products and services that benefit society? We are seeking graduate STEM, Business, and Law majors for a Summer Technology Transfer Internship focused on semiconductor and micro electronics technology to gain hands-on experience with technology transfer at a national lab.

The intern will report directly to a Senior Commercialization Manager and will conduct a broad range of commercialization and industry collaboration support activities, including: critical emerging technology evaluations, patent portfolio assessments, market opportunities and landscape analysis, and research and data analytics projects. Interns are encouraged to identify current graduate research plans that may be enhanced by or can pe pursued in parallel with the objectives of this internship.

Specific objectives of a successful intern will include:

• 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. We encourage interns to identify existing research or interests in these areas.

• Invention and technology evaluations: Assist with patent portfolio landscape analysis, competitive claims analysis and white space opportunity assessments across PNNL’s portfolio of over 3,000 technologies.

• Market opportunity assessments: Support market assessments PNNL inventions and conduct secondary and primary research to identify business development and commercialization pathway opportunities.

• Industry engagement: Participate in business development and license negotiation meetings with Commercialization Managers and industry 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. In addition to the specific duties above, the Commercialization Interns will be part of an active Laboratory engagement program, designed to provide insight across the Laboratory directorates and functions, including with senior laboratory leadership. The Commercialization Internship provides a great opportunity for community building within the PNNL.

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 as a full-time Ph.D. student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution.
  • An understanding of semiconductors and microelectronics, Intellectual Property, and commercializing technology.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Initiative to collaborate with others and execute independent tasks in a timely manner.
  • Familiarity with data collection and summarization.
  • Proficient using Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with online collaboration tools, such as Wikis or Microsoft Teams.
  • Current pursuit of a degree program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

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 Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

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.

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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.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement
In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential.  To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation.  This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year.  This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

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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