Intern- TPI Radiochemist

Everett, Washington, United States | Intern | Full-time


TITLE:                   Radiochemist Intern       


LOCATION:          Everett, WA, USA           


The TerraPower Isotopes® (TPI™) division has been established to pursue medical isotopes development--advancing nuclear science for significant human health benefits. We seek to support revolutionary radiotherapies for treatments of various cancers through the supply of radioisotopes. TerraPower currently has unique access to a supply of thorium for the long-term production of actinium-225 in the growing alpha therapy market and intends to expand into other nuclear related medical treatments.


The TerraPower Isotopes (TPI) program is an integral part of the Washington State based TerraPower team, a company working to raise living standards globally. In 2006, the company originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field.


TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced radiopharmaceutical applications and influencing change within nuclear medicine. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.


Radiochemist Intern


The TerraPower Isotopes (TPI) project seeks to support revolutionary radiotherapies for treatments of cancers, such as prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by supplying radioisotopes that currently cannot be accessed in amounts required to develop medical treatments. The Production Radiochemist Intern will support TPI’s efforts toward the long-term production of actinium‑225. The Production Radiochemist Intern reports into the Director, TPI Chemistry & Engineering within TerraPower’s TPI Project Organization in support of this mission.  


The Radiochemist Intern will train in radiochemical material handling techniques, radiochemical processes, and will perform specific experiments and project tasks focused on evaluation of promising materials for a medical isotopic generator. This position interfaces with a dynamic interdisciplinary environment in which effective communication, teamwork and collaboration is required, while maintaining composure to act safely, ensure quality of data, and enable timely decision-making. The position will require good judgement in ensuring regulatory compliance while delivering on commercial production needs.  



  • Work with mentor to design and conduct experiments to evaluate promising materials for adsorption of radionuclide for use as long-term medical isotope generators.
  • Gathering and communicating insights gained from data analysis and present three oral presentations.
  • Participate in professional development and group activities.
  • Compose and submit a study report summarizing research accomplishments.
  • Perform all work in compliance with site safety and radiation protection guidelines.
  • Maintain documentation on process operations as directed by SOPs.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards with respect to safety and radiation protection in all work activities.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in radiochemistry, chemistry or equivalent preferred. Undergraduates with relevant laboratory experience in conducting radiochemical experiments outside of a classroom setting will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in handling radioactive materials in a professional setting, such as in a private organization, national lab, or graduate research group. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working according to safety procedures in a hazardous environment (chemical and radiological).
  • Experience working and communicating productively in a diverse team including via written research reports.
  • Experience following standard-operating procedures.
  • Cleaning and transforming raw data to a usable format using Microsoft excel.
  • Self-organized, and proficient at planning out complex, sequential tasks.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.


Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day 
  • Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.   

Job details

Hourly rate range**  

Undergraduate: $21.00 - $27.50

Post-grad including PhD: $32.00 - $48.00


Job Type:  Intern


  • Competitive Compensation
  • Hourly pay rate
  • Weekly stipend for out of area Interns
  • Weekly commuter stipend for local area Interns
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Interns accrue 1 hour of PTO for every 40 hours worked
  • Holiday Schedule
    • Paid holidays commensurate with Internship period and TerraPower Holiday Schedule
  • Relocation Assistance for out of area Interns

**Intern pay rate will be commensurate with degree path and academic year completed at start of Internship.

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