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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Analytical Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311876

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Job Description

  • Conducts research of organic or inorganic substances. Analyzes and tests new or existing materials to identify their properties and characteristics for the development or improvement of new or existing products. Studies the relationship between chemical and physical properties

  • Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic compounds, inorganic compounds, or biologics to determine the chemical composition and/or physical properties by verifying their identity, purity, and homogeneity.

  • The incumbent should have experience working with chemicals in a laboratory setting is required. Incumbent must have excellent attention to detail and demonstrated ability for meticulous, reproducible work and documentation. Experience working in clean rooms, with radioactive materials, trace or micro chemistry techniques, chemical separations, and mass spectrometry are desired. Experience with quantitative and instrumental analysis, isotope ratio or geochronometric techniques are also desired.

  • The incumbent will be responsible to Project Managers (PM) for the execution of work scope and for producing technical deliverables; and to line management for helping build science and technology (S&T) capability.

Level I: Applies basic S&E theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight. Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices and procedures within specialization. Working locally as an individual contributor. Building and maintaining effective internal relationships on individual or team level. Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals. Work is conducted with a high standard of quality, safety, and security. Expected to contribute professionally, applying basic theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies to well-defined assignments of limited scope. Contributes to technical products such as topical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and/or hardware/materials/electronic artifacts.

Level II: In addition to the requirements for a level I, incumbent is expected to build reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students. Incumbent receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Incumbent will lead specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expectations also include contributing professionally by building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance. Member of external professional community. Presenter at national or international forums. Leads elements or sections of technical products.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA or MS/MA and 0-1 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years’ experience, MS/MA/PhD and 0 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field.

  • Position requires technical contributions to projects in national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear material detection and characterization, environmental monitoring, beginning to build a professional reputation for technical expertise. Independent contributor to projects and/or major project tasks; may have minimal-to-no oversight, independently completing reoccurring assignments, exercising limited judgment on work details.

  • Working to deepen and broaden own technical knowledge. Continues developing technical expertise and knowledge and developing new 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 will require work with radioactive materials, potentially in Contamination Area Fume Hoods; therefore, strong radiological worker skills are required. Hazards would be those expected in a traditional wet chemistry lab.

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: Radiochemical Analysis

Opening Date: 2021-03-29

Closing Date: 2021-04-28