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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor, AI Assurance and Innovation in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309616

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing & Analytics

Group: Data Sciences and Analytics

Job Description

Do you want to create a legacy of meaningful research for the greater good? Do you want to lead and contribute to work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face our Nation? Then join us in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)!

For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. PNNL is committed to advancing the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence through applied machine learning and deep learning to support scientific discovery and our sponsors’ missions. Help us advance this frontier and protect our nation!

The Advisor, AI Assurance and Innovation is an innovation leader in PNNL’s rapidly growing data science portfolio. You will serve as a strategic liaison across PNNL’s diverse technical teams, relying on your creativity, vision, and influence to develop integrative analytics capabilities at the intersection of multiple disciplines. You will represent PNNL in engagements with senior leaders across the Laboratory complex, with Government stakeholders, and with the private sector and lead or contribute to key project activities and will be sought after within the Laboratory to set technical direction. You will identify new challenges, perform assessment of alternatives, and establish concurrence on recommended solutions; your decisions will guide programmatic directions inside and outside the Laboratory. You will identify and lead multi-institution partnerships and inform sponsor strategies, demonstrating national-level influence in framing solutions to critical security challenges.

You are responsible for ensuring that PNNL’s capabilities are aligned with national and global trends and you select methods and techniques to develop new solutions for PNNL sponsor organizations. You will create and maintain relationships with senior sponsors to identify future business opportunities, devising and conducting business development activities across the breadth of PNNL’s sponsor set in NNSA, DOD, DHS, and Special Programs organizations.

You are extremely self-directed and will function independently with high level guidance. You are proactive about seeking out new opportunities and opening new doors, including seeking out and cultivating potential partnerships in areas where PNNL’s research and development can be introduced. You will mentor other staff in technical sponsor interactions and will facilitate collaboration between PNNL teams and sponsor representatives.

Success in this position requires:

• Critical thinking and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Commitment to continuous learning, professional development, and new ways of thinking.

• Ability to quickly understand key concepts in new domains and to communicate effectively with technical staff, laboratory leaders, and sponsors, including an ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences.

• Strong organizational skills to prioritize multiple competing demands under pressure.

• Leading publications, reports, briefings, and other external engagements.

• Providing guidance on technical approaches and sponsor engagement strategies, and identifying and mitigating political sensitivities.

• Acting as an advisor to technical staff to help teams meet delivery schedules and resolve problems.

• Maintaining effective and collegial working relations with Laboratory staff and sponsor officials at all levels

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

• Familiar with the deep learning industry, related technologies, and specific methods and techniques.

• Experience leading programs applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to domain specific applications, such as natural language processing, remote-sensing and geo-spatial intelligence, social computing, time series prediction, computer vision, etc.

• Ability to contribute that knowledge to the academic and research strength of PNNL and have experience attending and developing relationships with researchers at top tier scientific venues (e.g., NIPS, ICML, ICLR, KDD, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACL, ICWSM, EMNLP, NAACL, EACL, COLING, and SIGIR)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 10 or more years of relevant experience, Master's degree plus 6 or more years of experience, or PhD plus 3 or more years of experience. An equivalent combination of education and/or demonstrated relevant experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A demonstrated record of innovation and experience in leading applied research or operational programs.

  • Ability to identify and interact with funding sponsors, prepare program proposals, and help generate future R&D or mission application directions.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work within and lead interdisciplinary teams, and experience in a variety of sponsor mission settings.

  • Active Federal Q Clearance and ability to maintain such clearance.

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

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 Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2019-07-23

Closing Date: 2019-08-22