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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Polygraph Examiner / Research Analyst 5 in ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312387

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Job Description

SSO’s Threat & Credibility Assessment Team is comprised of threat analysts, national security specialists, and polygraph examiners who provide expert assessment of the presence, credibility, and seriousness of threats to national security assets using data-informed approaches to facilitate strategic decision making. Subject matter experts within this team operate and execute the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Counterintelligence Polygraph Program. Polygraphers conduct examinations through agency requests, and provide subject matter expertise for credibility assessment research, development, testing and evaluation. In this position you will serve on a team as a field polygraph examiner for the DOE Polygraph Program, and conduct Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph (CSP) examinations in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 709), the Federal Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) Examiner Handbook, and other guidance on polygraph examinations as prepared by DOE and the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA). Depending on project need this position will be based in Albuquerque, NM.

  • Develop creative or unique solutions to complex problems that may require modification or adaption of established policy and practice.

  • Independent contributor; fully functioning and knowledgeable of the theory and principles of the specialized field of polygraph examination.

  • Use innovative approaches to develop solutions to complex counterintelligence problems within established policy (e.g., PNNL, Dept. of Energy, and/or Dept. of Defense).

  • Work with assigned senior examiners to develop individual skills as a field examiner associated with conduct of counterintelligence polygraph examinations and mission planning.

  • Identify and make recommendations to resolve high risk issues affecting organizational or Laboratory strategy.

  • This is a full-time, salaried, project-specific position. Future project funding and examination workload changes may result in a change of duty location.

  • You will routinely make judgments from the interpretation of sparse guidance and inference to polygraph. You will apply broad knowledge of intelligence policies and directives with limited existing polygraph guidance to authorize or validate specific polygraph testing procedures best suited to the existing circumstances.

  • You will develop an appropriate plan of action from a variety of available options.

  • You will assess results and propose strategies designed to meet the unique requirement of individual cases and makes subjective evaluations about the detailed procedures and actual methodology applied to the conduct of intelligence polygraphs.

  • You will report to the Threat & Credibility Assessment Team Leader and be accountable to the Polygraph Project Manager and Polygraph Project Lead.

  • You will be expected to contribute to mentoring and training of other staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience, or an advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • Technical proficiency of the professional skills and principles associated with polygraph.

  • Fully knowledgeable of all applicable polygraph methodologies including evaluation of polygraph charts (physiological data), test question construction, selection of test methodology, and effectiveness of post-test questioning.

  • Must meet continuing education requirements of the Federal Polygraph Continuing Education Certification Program within 12 months from the date of hire.

  • Successful completion of a counterintelligence scope polygraph.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate of the NCCA Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Program.

  • Four years or more experience in the counterintelligence polygraph field.

  • General polygraph knowledge and expertise gained through subject areas such as law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, pre-employment applicant screening, and/or polygraph testing.

  • Knowledgeable of federal polygraph standards and ability to interpret and apply standards to all federally recognized testing formats.

  • Knowledgeable of the current federal test data analysis (TDA) criteria and able to independently and objectively implement TDA procedures.

  • Knowledgeable of current polygraph theory and principles; and associated aspects of human psychology and physiology.

  • Proficient in identifying and mitigating the use of polygraph countermeasures.

  • Proficient in the use of the Lafayette computerized polygraph instrument; Windows 10 and Microsoft Office including collaboration platforms (i.e., MS Teams); and routine troubleshooting of polygraph instruments.

  • Self-motivated, possess good judgment and decision-making, planning, teaming, and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong interviewing and interrogation skills and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • This position requires the ability and willingness to travel for business purposes between 10% and 50% of the time, usually for 4-6 days per trip.

  • Position requires successful completion of an initial 6 – 12-week training period at the Albuquerque Test Center location, including conducting a minimum of 25 exams under the supervision of a mentor/monitor during the training period.

  • The work schedule is driven by project needs and must fall within the core business hours Monday-Friday between 6:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Exceptions to this work schedule must be approved by both the Team Leader and Project Manager. The position requires occasional work or travel during Saturday or Sunday, and at irregular hours.

  • Due to the nature of the polygraph examination, the position may be subject to stressful situations. You will be expected to manage those situations professionally and expertly to maintain security and safety for all involved and attain program goals.

  • Physical demands are limited to sitting, standing, talking, occasionally pushing/pulling/lifting up to 50 pounds and climbing multiple building levels via stairways. You will be required to speak clearly and articulately for long periods of time during polygraph interviews. You will be subject to the rigors of domestic travel.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • 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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Opening Date: 2021-07-19

Closing Date: 2021-09-02