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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311880

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Technology

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multi-program laboratory operated by Battelle for the US DOE. The Global Nuclear Science and Technology Group (GNS&T) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 70 Analysts, Scientists, Engineers and Support Professionals that provide international technology assessments and R&D solutions related to ensuring the continued peaceful use of new technology while detecting, preventing, and countering proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). GNS&T is seeking a senior analyst to develop and lead a program focused broadly on the identification and characterization of nuclear technologies that are of national security concern. The successful candidate will be an integral member of an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and program managers and will help build and lead a program of research work in the area of nuclear threats and their characterization.

  • As a member of the GNS&T group in the National Security Directorate, the incumbent in this position will conduct technical analysis that supports senior policy makers on issues related to national security, policy, and technology development.

  • Responsible for providing technical expertise, analysis, and publishable products to advance the frontiers of science and address some of the most challenging problems in national security, energy, and the environment. Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

  • Evaluate information to determine a recommended course of action. Apply and interpret theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within an area of specialty. Provide domain knowledge and insight on national-level mission needs to multidisciplinary project teams comprised of scientists and engineers.

  • Provide the technical and programmatic leadership to develop unique, creative solutions for difficult problems of extreme importance to US national security. The incumbent will work in a diverse group of staff in support of multiple government agencies. Work will be collaborative with DOE Headquarters staff, other federal agencies and other National Laboratories.

  • This position requires the candidate to have well-developed policy and related technical expertise, relationship management, project and program management skills. The candidate must have in-depth knowledge and experience in developing and communicating whole-of-government solutions to complex challenges that have direct strategic impact on US national security. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated comfort interacting with all levels of stakeholders: ground level operators, policy advisors, agency leadership, and US congress members.

  • The incumbent will be required to provide program and research support to chemical and nuclear sciences, nonproliferation, nuclear security policy or intelligence initiatives that address national security challenges. This is a complex problem where analyses will require evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current national trends.

  • Working with government stakeholders to identify requirements for new technology or capabilities which could enhance operations relevant to PNNL’s government sponsors

  • The incumbent will be required to build networks at a local and capability level, as well as a national level, and effectively team with others to optimize research at the group and division level.

  • The incumbent is expected to contribute to proposals, embrace quality, safety and security expectations, and communicate the importance of these expectations within the work team.

  • Engaging with US government, foreign government, academic, and industry stakeholders to represent identified capability gaps and technology needs

  • This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical areas associated with the National Security of the United States.

  • Briefing senior leadership, congressional stakeholders, and others

Level V: Can develop creative or unique solutions to complex problems that may require modification or adaption of established policy and practice. . Extensive experience in specialized field (or several fields through wide exposure and lengthy seasoning). Command of theory and principles. Widely recognized for knowledge and expertise. May work on discrete pieces of larger projects or simultaneously with different customers or on different projects of increased complexity, risk or impact. May serve as task leader.

Level VI: Can develop creative or unique solutions to highly complex problems for which no precedent or past practice exist. Extensive experience in specialized field (or several fields through wide exposure and lengthy seasoning). Command of theory and principles. Considered an expert in one or several fields or disciplines in the organization. Decisions impact significant segments of the organization. May work on discrete pieces of larger projects or simultaneously with different customers or on different projects of increased complexity, risk or impact. May serve as task leader. Provides oversight of staff. Leads mentoring and training of senior staff and succession candidates.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Certification may be preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 15+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 12+ years of relevant experience. Certification may be preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to perform as a team member on multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively in a dynamic team environment with high expectations for quality and attention to detail.

  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including detail-oriented business writing and the ability to convey complex information accurately.

  • Experience with the congressional groups, including but not limited to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, etc.

  • Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with Secret security 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

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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

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: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Techn

Opening Date: 2021-03-29

Closing Date: 2021-04-12