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Position Focus: Supply Chain Optimization

Host Division: Energy Systems

Time: Spring and/or Summer 2021

Internship Description:

  • Develop new Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) formulations and advanced solutions methods (exact and heuristic) for challenging and large-scale combinatorial problems of national importance related to supply chain optimization and reverse manufacturing.
  • Contribute to an open-source software package for supply chain optimization.
  • Ability to publish your work and present it at conferences.

Student Requirements:

Students seeking to this internship should have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in Operations Research, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields.
  • Linear Programming and Mixed- Integer Linear Programming.
  • Fluency in at least one general purpose programming language.
  • Familiarity with optimization solvers.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Consideration:

  • Given to students with experience with optimization under uncertainty, or with the Julia programming language and the JuMP modeling language.

Cover Letter:

Must include:

  • Expected date of graduation/transfer date
  • Intended university you plan to transfer to and your expected major

Resume:

  • Major
  • Minor (if applicable)
  • Current grade level
  • Start date (month/year) at COD
  • Expected date of graduation/transfer  Grade point average (4.0 scale)
  • Extracurricular activities

Personal Statement:

  • 200-300 words telling story that will help us get to know you. This should include career goals, hobbies, events that have inspired you to pursue your academic choice, and describe the effects of valuable lessons that you may have learned from a life experience.

Two Letters of Recommendation:

  • One from a professor or academic adviser, one from someone you have interacted in a professional capacity (employer, colleague who is not a family member).

Transcript:

  • An official or unofficial transcript(s) are required for all college/universities attended.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Position Focus: Battery End-of-Life Supply Chain Analysis

Host Division: Energy Systems

Time: Spring and/or Summer 2021

Internship Description:

  • Conduct case studies aimed at making manufacturing more sustainable, evaluating the feasibility and life cycle impacts.
  • Robust modeling of End-of-Life supply logistics for HEV/EV battery materials. Assess the reverse supply chain resilience and the impact of uncertainties on end-to-end economics, energy and GHG.
  • Literature review, data collections, data analysis, and visualization with opportunity to publish and present work.

Student Requirements:

Students seeking to this internship should have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an Undergraduate or Master’s program in Sustainability Science, Engineering or related fields.
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic work environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-starting.

Preferred Consideration:

  • Given to students with experience in Techno-economics, supply chain and lifecycle analysis, or fluency in a programming language.

Cover Letter:

Must include:

  • Expected date of graduation/transfer date
  • Intended university you plan to transfer to and your expected major

Resume:

  • Major
  • Minor (if applicable)
  • Current grade level
  • Start date (month/year) at COD
  • Expected date of graduation/transfer  Grade point average (4.0 scale)
  • Extracurricular activities

Personal Statement:

  • 200-300 words telling story that will help us get to know you. This should include career goals, hobbies, events that have inspired you to pursue your academic choice, and describe the effects of valuable lessons that you may have learned from a life experience.

Two Letters of Recommendation:

  • One from a professor or academic adviser, one from someone you have interacted in a professional capacity (employer, colleague who is not a family member).

Transcript:

  • An official or unofficial transcript(s) are required for all college/universities attended.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Position Focus: Data Center

Host Division: Business Information Services

Time: Immediately

Internship Description:

  • Assist in the operation of the laboratory’s enterprise data facilities through learning the software/hardware elements of a data center.
  • Help document the data center environment using Data Center Infrastructure Management software.
  • Assist with deploying and decommissioning IT equipment including hardware installation and cabling.
  • Assist in updating facility documentation at multiple buildings across campus.
  • May assist in deploying and configuring data center devices for data collection and integration into data center software.

Student Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Completed freshman year of college and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic work environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-starting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Position Focus: Radiological Protection

Host Division: Worker Safety and Health

Time: Summer 2021

The Radiological Protection Program is devoted to protecting the worker, members of the public and the environment from potential radiation hazards and radioactive material. Our staff are concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionizing radiation.

Interns will learn how to provide operational health physics support that entails planning and implementing radiation protection standards and practices for work with ionizing radiation.

Internship Description:

The following skills will be developed as part of the internship to prevent or minimize adverse effects to onsite personnel, members of the public, and the environment:

  • Learn how to evaluate radiological hazards and implement appropriate controls through the development of a written radiological work permit.
  • Learn to use computer applications in dosimetry, shielding, and spectrometry.
  • Learn to implement health physics and ALARA principles in radiological work.
  • Acquire knowledge and hands-on training on the use of the state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform measurement and analysis of ionizing radiation.

By developing the above skill set, interns have the opportunity to work on several projects:

  • Evaluate if air sampler inlet size affects collection of particulates if the flow rate of the air sampler is constant.
  • Determine the appropriate method to evaluate and assess intakes from special tritiated compounds.
  • Evaluate and recommend an instrument for surveying neutron pulsed fields for accelerator facilities.
  • Develop a clearance and release protocol for potentially activated materials at one of Argonne’s accelerator facilities; including the use of Canberra’s In-Situ Object Counting System (ISOCS).
  • Evaluate and update the use of passive area monitoring at Argonne to improve the characterization of radiological hazards.

Students interested in this position may need additional skill sets:

  • Knowledge of health physics and radiation protection theory and practice, the measurement and analysis of ionizing radiation and radioactivity, and radiation protection standards.
  • Knowledge of effects of radiation on tissues, nuclear and atomic physics, ALARA principles, and instrumentation theory.
  • Proven oral and written skills to effectively communicate problems and solutions to workers and management.
  • Ability to develop interpersonal relationships with various researchers and scientists.

Student Requirements:

Students seeking to apply to any of the ESH internship positions should have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in occupational safety and health or radiological protection related program (ABET accredited preferred) full time and seeking a degree in an occupational safety and health or radiological protection field. Master and PhD students are eligible to apply.
  • Completed one year of schooling and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additionally, students seeking this opportunity should show in their application:

  • A desire to learn about the broad disciplines of occupational safety and health such as occupational medicine, safety training, and safety information system, etc.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic work environment with competing deadlines and combination of desk and fieldwork.
  • Their ability to be highly motivated, self-starting and seeking a future career in a safety profession.
  • Ability to assist in difficult situations and keep composure and confidence.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and willingness to participate in documenting of reviews, walkthroughs and meetings.

Position Focus: Deployed Safety Services

Host Division: Health, Safety and Environment

Time: Summer 2021

The Deployed Safety Services Team (DSS) provides day-to-day ESH related support and services to the research and development organizations across Argonne and helps provide a standardization of safety practices across the laboratory.

Internship Description:

Interns in DSS will develop skills in anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and managing (including communicating) environmental, safety, and health hazards and risks by 1)  working within the work planning and control system in Argonne (DSS mentoring will be a starting point), 2) shadowing and collaborating with various safety generalists/specialists deployed across the site to perform facility safety inspections and work planning and control reviews, and 3) independently or with minimum support, perform the tasks above and generate a report or work planning and control document.

Students interested in this position may need additional skill sets:

  • Fundamental knowledge of Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) practices.
  • Ability to listen to and effectively communicate with various researchers and scientists from various scientific disciplines.
  • Desire to work with and support a broad range of scientific disciplines.
  • Proven oral and written skills to effectively communicate problems and solutions to workers and management.
  • Ability to develop interpersonal relationships with various researchers and scientists.
  • Openness to exploring work across all scientific disciplines and other areas that ESH supports.

Student Requirements:

Students seeking to apply to any of the ESH internship positions should have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in occupational safety and health or radiological protection related program (ABET accredited preferred) full time and seeking a degree in an occupational safety and health or radiological protection field. Master students are eligible to apply.
  • Completed one year of schooling by the time the internship starts and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additionally, students seeking this opportunity should demonstrate in their application or interview:

  • A desire to learn about the broad disciplines of occupational safety and health such as occupational medicine, safety training, and safety information system, etc.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic and diverse work environment.
  • Their ability to be highly motivated, self-starting and seeking a future career in a safety profession.
  • Ability to assist in difficult situations and keep composure and confidence through a combination of desk and fieldwork.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and willingness to participate in documenting of reviews, walkthroughs and meetings.

Position Focus: Worker Safety and Health

Host Division: Health, Safety and Environment

Time: Summer 2021

Internship Description:

This team partners and collaborates with all personnel to accomplish Argonne’s mission safely by offering the following services:

  • Assisting and advising Argonne’s personnel with their responsibility to implement Argonne’s Worker Safety and Health Policies and Procedures.
  • Interpreting Federal, State and Local worker safety and health (WSH) regulations and consensus standards related to WSH and applying them as appropriate to the execution of Argonne’s mission.
  • Developing and maintaining Lab-Wide WSH policies and procedures to meet the requirements of our DOE contract.

These services are handled by personnel who specialize in at least one of two disciplines referred to as (1) Occupational Safety Services, and (2) Occupational Hygiene Services.

Student Requirements:

Students seeking to apply to any of the ESH internship positions should have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in occupational safety and health or radiological protection related program (ABET accredited preferred) full time and seeking a degree in an occupational safety and health or radiological protection field. Master students are eligible to apply.
  • Completed one year of schooling and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additionally, students seeking this opportunity should demonstrate in their application:

  • A desire to learn about the broad disciplines of occupational safety and health such as occupational medicine, safety training, and safety information system, etc.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic and diverse work environment.
  • The ability to be highly motivated, self-starting and seeking a future career in a safety profession.
  • Ability to assist in difficult situations and keep composure and confidence
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and willingness to participate in documenting of reviews, walkthroughs and meetings.

Position Focus: Chemistry, Materials, Engineering, or Related Discipline

Host Division: Applied Materials Division

Time: October 1, 2020

Internship Description:

Phase change materials can take use of natural solar energy to illuminate (visible) and adaptively heat (infrared) or cool the building, promising to be the next generation of smart window material to modernize building energy use. Such window film not only provides thermal comfort environment, but significantly reduce energy consumption. The position will involve participating in research work on the development of dynamic window film technology based on VO2/polymer nanocomposite materials. This project will leverage supplemental expertise from both national Labs and universities to demonstrate an advanced smart window film with both high light transmittance and solar energy modulation.

Together with postdoctoral and research staff, the student will: (1) conduct rapid synthesis of ultrasmall VO2 nanoparticles/rods by using an existing rapid continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis technology; (2) prepare transparent nanocomposite films using a wetting nanocoating method (e.g. slot-die coating), and (3) characterize the properties of VO2 nanoparticles and smart films prepared, e.g. nanoparticle size, morphology and crystallinity, film thickness and temperature dependent optical properties, as well as durability through collaboration with our academic/industrial collaborators.

Student Requirements:

  • Enrolled in graduate school as a Ph.D.
  • Self motivated.
  • Knowledge and skills for characterizing nano-scale materials, e.g., DLS, SEM/TEM, XRD, UV-VIS-IR, DSC are a plus.
  • Strong interest with some experimental research experience on nanomaterials, hydrothermal synthesis, and/or optical film characterizations.

Application Deadline: When position is filled

Position Focus: Digital Content Management

Host Division: Communications & Public Affairs

Time: Summer 2020

Internship Description:

  • This role will touch many areas within the organization, including internal communications and information technology teams, to help the intranet improve how the Argonne community works.
  • Assist the digital communications team in migration of content and assets from Argonne’s legacy intranet into its new one using the Drupal content management system (CMS).
  • Assist with gathering, organizing, rewriting, and assembling content within the CMS.
  • Assist with content review with stakeholders to ensure content and assets have been migrated effectively and revise approach as needed based on received feedback.

Student Requirements:

  • Experience with content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress.
  • Completed freshman year of college and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • Majors: Any that foster analytical thinking, attention to detail, and problem solving.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic work environment with competing deadlines.
  • Highly motivated and self-starting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Position Focus: Cyber Security Data Analytics & Visualization

Host Division: Energy Systems Division

Time: Immediately

Internship Description:

The selected candidate will develop a holistic attack-resilient architecture for Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) by identifying, quantify and actively monitor its vulnerabilities from malicious cyber-attacks.

  • Build a scalable, customizable and flexible data visualization tool that can be deployed on a server based or server-less platform.
  • Capable of applying his programming and analytical expertise to efficiently examine and visualize large and dynamic datasets meaningfully with a goal of developing reports and metrics.
  • Communicate with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to share his findings and seek regular feedback on the design, configuration and development of the tool.
  • Responsible for creating several UI components that will directly and indirectly interact with the tool.

Student Requirements:

  • Completed/Ongoing BS and MS degree from an accredited institution in computer science, computer engineering, graphic design or a closely related technical field.
  • The applicant should have a prior experience developing data visualization tools using modern UI/UX as well as web technologies with a focus on enhancing user interaction based on user feedback. Shortlisted candidates for interview may be asked to present a portfolio of their work.
  • Excellent software development skills in python or java and their associated graph visualization libraries (d3​.py, d3.js), APIs, etc.
  • Knowledge of data structure fundamentals, bootstrap, react and other web user interface and some backend programming is preferred.
  • Good understanding of best practices in user interface, data visualization, code modularity and maintainability, documentation.
  • Ability to work on the tasks independently with little guidance.

Preferred Experience:

  • The applicant should have a prior experience developing data visualization tools using modern UI/UX as well as web technologies with a focus on enhancing user interaction based on user feedback. Shortlisted candidates for interview may be asked to present a portfolio of their work. Experience with personal software development.
  • Knowledge of data structure fundamentals, bootstrap, react and other web user interface and some backend programming is preferred.
  • Understanding of RESTful API; proficiency with database interaction; and excellent UI design sense.

Position Focus: Web Application Development

Host Division: Energy Systems Division

Time: Immediately

Internship Description:

The selected candidate will design and develop a proposal management system-a web based application that helps researchers plan, manage, and track proposal preparation.

  • Design and develop a complex web application.
  • Connect and use a database for data exchanges.
  • Design user interface for new web page.
  • Analyze the requirement from users.

Student Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate.
  • Experience with web application development including front-end, web-server, and database.
  • Experience with the full software engineering process.
  • Proficiency with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL.
  • Understanding of Object-Oriented Programming.
  • Understanding of MVC pattern.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  • A desire to participate in a dynamic work environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-starting.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with web development frameworks such as ReactJS, AngularJS, and VueJS.
  • Experience with personal software development.
  • Understanding of RESTful API.
  • Proficiency with database interaction.
  • Excellent UI design sense.

Position Focus: Power Systems & Markets Research

Host Division: Energy Systems Division

Time: January 2020

Internship Description:

The candidate will work on power systems and electricity market modeling, using analytical tools that support energy, economic, and financial analyses of power grid planning and operations, as well as the interactions with other infrastructures. Some of these tools will require the development of underlying optimization methodologies and analytical frameworks. The candidate will conduct research related to a wide range of topic areas including the analysis of energy and power systems, optimization of renewable energy integration, electricity market design and operation, integration of other emerging technologies, and interdependencies between power grid, transportation, and water systems.

  • Provide support to develop and implement power grid planning/operations algorithms and tools and conduct data analysis related to energy and power systems, with emphasis on the following areas: (1) renewable energy integration; (2) optimization and stochastic modeling methodologies; (3) energy storage, and (4) electricity market analysis.
  • Support multidisciplinary teams in the application of these methods and tools to complex issues in the domains of environmental, water, and energy system analysis.
  • Prepare reports, papers, and presentations for conferences, workshops, and technical journals.
  • Support program development including the preparation of proposals and participating in sponsor interactions.
  • Apply the models to selected case studies.
  • Document and publish to our internal software repository.

Student Requirements:

  • Graduate level.
  • Computer Science or Engineering background.
  • 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  • Knowledge of data analytics, power systems operations and market design, issues surrounding the integration of variable renewables, and environmental issues.
  • Experience in statistics and statistical analysis.
  • Understanding of basic financial and economic principles.
  • Experience in academic writing and publication.
  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-starting.