The Reed College Research Reactor is a 250 kW research reactor whose facility is dedicated to science education. Its main use is the identification of elements in chemical, biological and geological samples. The interns selected for this position will assist with ongoing projects at the reactor. This usually includes operating a gamma ray spectrometer and using spreadsheets and other software to analyze data. Interns will also be involved in calibration, maintenance and operation of the nuclear reactor and associated equipment. A great deal of responsibility is given to the interns. Interns will be trained in the safe handling and use of radioactive materials, and they will be required to take a RAM handling exam within in the first couple days of the internship.
Females, minorities, students from low-income households, first-generation college-bound students, and students with a primary language other than English are strongly encouraged to apply.