Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Detection System Post Doc in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306473

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Detection Systems


Job Description

The Detection Systems Group (DS) at PNNL seeks recent graduates of a Ph.D. program to contribute to their programs in applied nuclear physics for nuclear treaty support and national security and homeland security applications. Strong analytical skills, good writing and presentation skills and the ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams are required for the position.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Must be able to obtain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.


Preferred Qualifications

An opening exists for a radiation detection experimentalist to support radiation detector design, assembly and testing. The successful candidate should have a background in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Radiation Chemistry or Radiation Health Physics. The focus of this position will be on building, testing, and operating multi-coincidence detectors for use in laboratory and field environments. This position requires a strong technical background in nuclear physics/engineering and experience with the building, troubleshooting and operation of complex detector systems. In addition, experience analyzing radioactive decay chains, evaluating production and sources of radioactive materials, and experimental radiation detection design and construction. Prior experience with gamma spectroscopy analysis and commercial analysis software is an advantage as well as a working knowledge of C++, Matlab and/or ROOT.

PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, or related field.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

* U.S. Citizenship

* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.


Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Detection Systems

Opening Date: 2017-04-04

Closing Date: 2017-05-04