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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor – Nuclear Engineering in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 3102033

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Risk and Environmental Assessment

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Earth Systems Science Division is seeking an Advisor responsible for understanding national and international trends, barriers, and solutions across the environmental and regulatory assessment landscape, and their impact on the development and implementation of regulations, guidance, and best practices. The Advisor will demonstrate extensive experience in the field of regulatory analysis /risk-informed decision-making applied to a variety of drivers (e.g., NEPA, CERCLA/RCRA, nuclear fuels/waste, decommissioning, etc), and federal clients (e.g., DOE, NRC, BLM, IAEA). The candidate will demonstrate well-recognized national influence, and skilled engagement and consensus building across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interest groups. This position requires a comprehensive understanding of existing theories, principles, and concepts as well as an ability to work with a larger team to provide collaborative solutions to unusually complex challenges where little to no precedence or practices currently exist. The Advisor should be comfortable working with key Project Managers and Principle Investigators to build and coach project teams, and regularly collaborate and negotiate with senior national/international sponsors and stakeholders as a PNNL and DOE representative. It is anticipated that recommendations put forth in this position will set precedence for future decisions and strongly inform and/or influence national/international policies and decisions at highest levels.

  • Foster collaborations while communicating the Division’s capabilities and accomplishments with internal and external partners to advance the organization’s reputation.

  • Establish and maintain a culture of integrity, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, and delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.

  • Assist with the creation and implementation of actionable regulatory guidance, policy, and assessment centric plans that coordinate with existing or future sector and division plans to enable PNNL to deliver cutting-edge solutions for Federal and International sponsors.

  • Inform and support business activities and interact with senior executives at sponsor locations and PNNL senior leadership to identify and shape future R&D opportunities, both within PNNL and across collaborators and industry.

  • Mentor and guide mid to senior level staff to develop their technical and leadership competencies.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Advisor-Nuclear Engineering level 4:

Contributes to the coordination of initiatives and/or projects of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current national trends. Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Acts as advisor to subordinate(s) to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems. Expert in at least one domain and the ability to connect multiple domains. Sought after within PNNL to provide direction on initiatives and determines proper use of technology and program resources to meet schedules and goals. Performs work in a collaborative community that includes senior PNNL staff, private and government clients at all levels, and possibly foreign officials or dignitaries. Provides guidance within the latitude of established organization policies and/or client relationships. May propose alternatives to complex issues and obtain stakeholder concurrence on recommended solutions.

Advisor-Nuclear Engineering level 5:

Coordinates complex initiatives or projects that require an in-depth knowledge of the strategic and technical plans, procedures, protocols, system integration, deployed technologies, and potential vulnerabilities within the initiative or related programs. Leads collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for initiatives, projects, programs, and people. Translates strategy into implementable actions at a national level. Recognized nationally as an expert in at least one domain. Sought after to assess initiatives to define priorities and performance objectives. Establishes PNNL or DOE strategic plans and objectives to address emerging national and international trends impacting national security and future technical directions of PNNL, DOE, and other U.S. Government sponsors. Leads multi-laboratory and interagency teams comprised of senior private and government clients and stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS 10+ years of experience; MS 6+ years of experience; or PhD 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS 12+ years of experience; MS 8+ years of experience; or PhD 5+ years of experience

  • Experience in nuclear science or engineering preferred or JD 3+ years of experience and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, or line management experience.

  • Experience in economics, policy, and stakeholder engagement

  • Extensive experience in the policy and legal framework for the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management

  • A record of effective leadership and teamwork (interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills) in a complex scientific, technical, or policy organization and a demonstrated scientific vision and ability to collaborate across business units to build, maintain, and market capabilities.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in area(s) of environmental assessment and complex stakeholder engagement.

  • Demonstrated leadership with regulatory analysis and policy and/or guidance development with particular emphasis on irradiated materials, facilities, and contaminants.

  • Demonstrated experience building collaborations within and across leading research organizations, national laboratories, universities, NGOs, and industrial partners.

  • Strong understanding of national and international nuclear policies, regulations, and planning frameworks.

  • Proven ability to create and execute national level strategy, identify and interact with key stakeholders, prepare program proposals, and generate future R&D or mission application directions.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral skills; the ability to effectively lead interdisciplinary teams, and a strong orientation toward building and advancing technical capabilities and staff

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

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Risk & Environ Assessment

Opening Date: 2021-05-03

Closing Date: 2021-06-01