Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Polygraph Examiner in ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307315

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Operational Readiness & Assurance

Job Description

PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." NSD provides the tools and technologies to support the detection of weapons of mass destruction, help the United States manage its nonproliferation treaties, and secure our nation's borders. NSD’s subject matter experts also directly supports many of DOE’s critical national security operations including safeguards and security, cyber security, emergency response, and counterintelligence.

The National Security Directorate’s Operational Readiness and Assurance (ORA) group is responsible for assuring the readiness, sustainability, and resilience of critical national security operations and infrastructure. ORA stewards’ capabilities associated with mission assurance, and the operations and maintenance stage of the systems engineering lifecycle. Working with stakeholders, ORA prepares and equips end users to operate, sustain, and withstand disruption to mission critical systems and infrastructure. Operational sustainment and resilience is achieved and transitioned through instructional systems, knowledge transfer, logistics innovation, reliability engineering, vulnerability assessment, and complex supply chain and infrastructure interdependency analysis.

ORA’s Credibility Assessment Operations Team operates and executes the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Counterintelligence Polygraph Program. This team of seasoned and highly professional experts conducts polygraph examination through other agency requests, and provides subject matter expertise for credibility assessment research, development, testing and evaluation. The Senior Polygraph Examiner serves as a field polygraph examiner with the DOE Polygraph Program and conducts Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph (CSP) examinations in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (10CFR Parts 709), the Federal Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) Examiner Handbook, and other guidance on polygraph examinations as prepared by DOE and National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA).

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Guidelines are regulatory in nature and include DOE, DOD, and PNNL level policies. The incumbent routinely makes judgments from the interpretation of sparse guidance and inference to polygraph. The incumbent applies 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. The incumbent develops an appropriate plan of action from a variety of available options. The incumbent assesses results and proposes 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. The incumbent is empowered to make decisive interpretations on the nuances of applied procedures.

  • Incumbent will work independently and with others and maintain open communication lines with the project lead and quality control staff. The relationship and communication between field examiners, the quality control staff and the project lead are critical to maintaining a professional workforce with highly ethical climate. The incumbent must seek consensus, full understanding, and support for the program's vision, values, and principles.

  • The incumbent acts as an independent contributor, fully functioning and fully knowledgeable of the theory and principles of the specialized field of polygraph examination. Incumbent uses innovative approaches to develop solutions to complex counterintelligence problems within established policy. The incumbent works with assigned senior examiners to develop individual skills as a field examiner associated with conduct of counterintelligence polygraph examinations and mission planning. This position is based in the Albuquerque, NM area.

  • The incumbent reports to the Credibility Assessment Operations Technical Team Lead and is accountable to the DOE Polygraph Project Manager and Polygraph Project Team Lead.

  • This is as a full-time (average 40 hours per week), project-specific position. Future project funding and exam workload changes could result in a change of duty location.

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Graduate of the NCCA Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Program

  • Assignment at this level requires a technical proficiency of the professional skills and principles associated with polygraph. Incumbent must be fully knowledgeable and 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.

  • Within 6-12 months from the date of hire, the incumbent is expected to be current with regards to the continuing education requirements of the Federal Polygraph Continuing Education Certification Program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 4 years of experience in the counterintelligence polygraph field.

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

  • Strong interviewing and interrogation skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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

  • Knowledgeable of the federal polygraph standards and able 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.

  • Proficient in determining employment of polygraph countermeasures and the use appropriate of measures to counter them.

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

  • Proficient in the use of the Lafayette computerized polygraph instrument.

  • Proficient in the use and routine troubleshooting of office electronic devices (MS Windows based computers and applications, printers, copiers, etc.).

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.

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.

Additional Information:

  • This position requires the ability and willingness to travel for business purposes 10% to 50% of the time.

  • The position will, in exigent or emergency situations, demand work on the weekends and at irregular hours.

  • Due to the nature of the business, the position may be stressful.

  • Actual physical demands are limited to sitting, standing, talking, occasionally pushing/pulling/lifting up to 50 pounds and climbing multiple building levels via stairways. The incumbent will be required to speak clearly and articulately for long periods of time during polygraph interviews.

  • The work schedule is dictated by project needs and must fall within the core business hours between 6:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Exemptions to this work schedule must be approved by the incumbent’s Supervisor and Project Manager.

  • Position requires successful completion of an initial 6 – 12 week training period at the Albuquerque Test Center (ABQTC) location in Albuquerque, NM and at least 25 exams under the supervision of a mentor/monitor during the training period.Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Operational Readiness & Assura

Opening Date: 2018-02-13

Closing Date: 2018-04-15