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Salaries listed on this webpage are average starting salaries. Salaries are dependent on many different elements like education level, experience, position requirements, specialty within a degree, etc..
Average Starting Salary: $78,000
As a child, Dr. Cody Permann always had a fascination with understanding how things worked. He spent countless hours assembling computers from nothing but a case and a pile of components. His interest in the complexity of all the pieces working together in unison to function as one machine is similar to the work performed by researchers at INL, just on a much larger scale, which is made possible by Permann’s team.
“The work I do enables more complex modeling and higher fidelity simulations in studying all sorts of physical phenomena. The scientists and engineers we work with are able to use this information to build next generation products that are more efficient and safer to power our nation and developing countries.”
Average Starting Salary: $87,000
Dr. Aaron Craft is one of the many researchers who help develop advanced nuclear fuels and instruments that analyze how the fuels perform inside of a nuclear reactor. Of all the things he loves about working at INL, Craft says the premise of being able to work on projects that have a positive impact on society is both motivating and gratifying.
Average Starting Salary: $111,000
At his heart, Dr. Zain Karriem is a man of science. His interest in his field began with chemistry, and how it creates natural chemical reactions. Eventually, this led to developing an interest in predicting the outcomes of those reactions, which furthered his interest in physics, particularly at the subatomic scale, all of which has culminated in his role at INL.
A senior reactor physicist at ATR, Karriem studies the movement of neutrons and gamma rays inside of nuclear reactors, as well as how their interactions affect things like reactor power, through particle transport modeling. However, neither are visible with the naked eye, which is one the things he enjoys the most about his job: Studying the unknown.
Average Starting Salary: $49,000
As a health physics technician, Briana Phillips helps maintain radiological levels within INL facilities to ensure the equipment, environment and people stay safe. In her role, Phillips ensures that the lab’s facilities are safe for the individuals working inside of them, because ultimately, they’re her favorite part of the job.
According to her, there’s a unique camaraderie among her co-workers that can’t be found anywhere else. Every person looks out for one another because at the end of the day, “We all want to go home to our families the way we came in.”
Average Starting Salary: $79,000
As a nuclear facility operator at INL’s Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF), Brian Kajganich handles special nuclear and irradiated materials from within a shielded hot-cell environment. Using specialized remote-handling equipment, his work helps drive innovative research in the nuclear field with applications around the world.
Kajganich’s affinity for his job begins with the new challenges it presents. Every time he touches a robotic manipulator, crane, cask or any piece of equipment, it’s like a new experience. No two jobs are alike. All technicians are trained to have respect for everything they handle both inside and outside of the hot cells.
Average Starting Salary: $73,000
INL Experimental Power Reactor operator Aubrey Peterson is proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. After five years of working as a hairstylist in several cities, the mom of three decided she was ready for change. Following in her father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Peterson cut her last strands of hair and began pursuing a career as an engineer.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, Peterson joined INL in February 2019. She helps with the operation of experiments at ATR, a world leading test reactor that studies nuclear materials, fuels and operations.
“Truly anything is possible if you have the will and the grit to do what you want to do. It’s very hard, but you can do anything."