Molten Salt Chloride Analysis Intern

  • TerraPower
  • Bellevue, WA
Intern Engineering

Job Description

TITLE:                    Molten Salt Chloride Analysis Intern        

LOCATION:           Everett, WA, USA


TerraPower® is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries decided that the private sector needed to take action. They believed that business interests could develop a scalable, sustainable, low-carbon and cost-competitive energy source that would allow all nations to quicken their pace of economic development and reduce poverty. TerraPower’s goal is to provide the world with a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.


TerraPower, LLC was established to bring together the strengths and experience of the world’s public and private nuclear energy sectors to develop a new generation of nuclear reactors that would responsibly meet growing energy needs around the globe.  Its approach addresses the traditional shortcomings of nuclear power, in terms of safety, cost effectiveness, environmental soundness, and resistance to weapons proliferation.


TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development, and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape.  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) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.


Molten Salt Chloride Analysis Intern

TerraPower, LLC. is seeking a highly motivated engineer with experience and interest in molten salt corrosion of structural materials. This effort will directly support the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) Program. In this role, the intern will test and analyze the corrosion of salt wetted components using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The intern’s role will include interfacing with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers and provide evidence based feedback and the assessment of structural and cladding materials.



  • Measurements of corrosion depth of static corrosion and micro-loop samples by SEM and EDS.
  • Test report on the impact of molten salt corrosion on structural materials.


Key Qualifications and Skills 

  • Education: Currently enrolled in a BS, undergraduate program in science or engineering;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work on tasks and teams that require a multi-disciplinary approach;
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently during a given work week;
  • Ability to work with minimum direction to solve challenging problems;
  • General knowledge of energy a plus;
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trustworthiness 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, standing 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.  

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree