Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Nuclear Risk Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306290

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Risk & Decision Sciences

Job Description

The Risk and Decision Sciences Group (RDS) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment solving challenging and interesting problems with national and international impact. The RDS team develops novel analytical methods and integrates them with state-of-the-art technologies to help clients, define the decision workspace, prioritize risks, and develop defensible risk management strategies. The team provides innovative solutions throughout the entire decision-making process that serve as the foundation for developing strategies to minimize risks to individuals or the public, program life cycles, facility designs and operations, and the environment.

We are seeking a Senior Nuclear Risk Analyst to identify, analyze, and implement solutions to problems specific to nuclear risk analysis projects and programs. The successful candidate will have the ability to apply risk and decision analysis skills to develop strategic approaches in support of a diverse range of nuclear and other science related-projects including project risk, regulatory assessments, and engineering alternative studies. The successful candidate will apply knowledge and experience to develop strategic approaches to compiling, analyzing and interpreting decision support data.

The successful candidate will:

- Support the application of risk analysis techniques to a variety of programs that the group supports.

- Assist senior staff with risk elicitation and the production of risk results to communicate with the client.

- Provide leadership into the development of applicable project plans, schedules, and resource needs.


The incumbent will generally work under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers. In addition to high-quality support for customers, a critical part of the position is the ability to quickly and effectively develop and demonstrate skills and abilities (technical, project management, and business development) that will lead to growth in responsibilities and career progression.

Primary responsibilities include:

- Leading and providing technical support to projects, including:

- Provides technical input for planning, development and communication of risk analysis results in support of solving client problems.

- Applying technical expertise in risk assessment and analysis to project activities to achieve successful project outcomes.

- Ensuring that technical products for assigned projects are delivered with the required level of quality, timeliness, and cost to meet or exceed client expectations.

- Leads and contributes to the technical content of proposals.

- Participates in interdisciplinary engineering and scientific project teams, and interacts with sponsors.

- Exhibits personal responsibility for and commitment to: continued career development, performing organizational roles, complying with organizational requirements, taking action to ensure personal safety and the safety of others at all times.

- Proactively identifies, promotes and develops new technical capabilities.

- Independently manages and completes recurring project specific tasks. Works autonomously but knows when to seek technical guidance.


- Program/Project Managers for performing assigned project roles for following applicable project and laboratory procedures and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.

- The Risk and Decision Sciences Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within group and projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Job level will be determined based on candidate’s unique qualification and skills:

Level 3:

- Bachelor’s Degree in nuclear engineering or related field with at least 8 years of experience, or an advanced degree and at least 6 years of experience. Certification, licensure or experience may be substituted for an advanced degree.

Level 4:

- Bachelor’s Degree and 7+ years of experience, Master’s Degree with 5+ years of experience of Ph.D. with 3+ years of experience.

- Preferred: 4 or more years of experience relevant to project risk scheduling and depth of knowledge in nuclear risk assessment.

- Demonstrated experience in project risk assessments and applying risk assessment skills to support business development and project implementation for nuclear related projects, e.g., @Risk, Crystal Ball, Pertmaster.

- Knowledge of the integrated application of risk assessment techniques, risk models, statistical analysis, risk elicitation, scheduling tools and engineering design principles.

- Past performance must demonstrate attributes of being self-motivated and self-directed, and must demonstrate experience in working with technical teams on specific projects and assignments. Must be able to prioritize activities and complete tasks with minimal supervision.

- Based on client and project requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required.

- Future Department of Energy Clearance may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Risk & Decision Sciences

Opening Date: 2017-02-13

Closing Date: 2017-03-15