Graduate Fellow Feature: Jonathan Gill

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. These full-time, salaried positions offer a year of specialized, on-the-job training and the chance to tackle real-world challenges in one of NNSA’s program offices. Fellows develop technical and leadership skills to launch their careers with a full immersion in one of NNSA’s core mission programs.

What is your academic background or field of study?

I am a postdoctoral nuclear engineer whose studies focused on fluorescing crystalline materials development to use in special nuclear material detection. Also during my graduate work, I researched methods for isotopic characterization using mass spectrometry of nuclear debris. I served in the U.S. Army as an engineering officer.

What drew you to the NGFP program?

The NGFP is a highly selective fellowship and the premier junior and mid-career onboarding program for the NNSA. The excellent performance and successes of the current and previous fellows makes the program appealing from a learning perspective and also for the opportunities it creates. Probably the most appealing aspect of the fellowship is the opportunity to work in positions of responsibility and authority within the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

What are you currently doing for NNSA?

I currently work for the Consequence Management Program within the Office of Nuclear Incident Response, which is part of the NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. The Consequence Management Program is a federal capability that NNSA provides to manage and mitigate health and safety impacts in the event of a radiological disaster. As a fellow, I have the opportunity to conduct training with consequence management teams; manage various development efforts and interagency projects relative to the office; and recommend new program structures within it.

What has been a highlight of your time with NNSA so far?

So far, I’ve been involved in great opportunities of increased responsibility and ownership of various projects. Traveling to NNSA’s sites to meet and work with people who are leading and conducting research is fantastically motivational. On challenging days, knowing the investment and enthusiasm of the people at NNSA’s various sites reassures me that what we are doing is meaningful.

The NGFP is funded by NNSA and is administered by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Explore a career in nuclear security!

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