Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jobs

send a request via <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a> </p><p><strong><em>Please be awar

Job Information

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical and Materials Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312677

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth System Sciences Division

Group:Operational Systems Engineering

Job Description

The Earth Systems Science Division (ESSD) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a Chemical Engineer to join our Operational Systems Engineering (OSE) Group. This represents a fantastic opportunity to be a key contributor to an internationally recognized research group that is pushing the envelope in operational systems ranging from hydropower and ecological systems to nuclear and border protection systems.

As a Chemical Engineer, you will provide technical leadership and expertise. Working with colleagues across the Laboratory, and in collaboration with our research partners in industry, academia, and at other National Laboratories, you will lead and support efforts to build research projects that leverage OSE Group capabilities to meet the technology goals of the Department of Energy and other key stakeholders. As a Chemical Engineer, you will have responsibility for supporting the development and growth of OSE competencies at PNNL with an emphasis on developing, proposing, and leading new projects. You will design, develop, and operate processes or unit operations to create and support a diverse range of products; evaluate and manipulate the chemical properties of various substances used in the fabrication of new products; and design, model, evaluate, and implement chemical processes, instrumentation, and equipment to ensure effectiveness in engineering and design. You will perform trials, tests, and/or experiments to support engineering, production, and/or R&D activities. You will apply the principles of chemistry, nuclear science, biology, physics, material science, math, and engineering to solve problems that involve the production, use or conversion of chemicals, materials, and energy and possess an enthusiasm for the potential to address major technical challenges affecting society and our resources. You should have demonstrated experience delivering effective and compelling written and oral communications to a broad range of audiences. As a Chemical Engineer, you will have significant responsibility for supporting and managing the safe operations of engineering and full-scale systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

  • Defining and leading project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributing to proposals. Receiving guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives. Independently completing recurring assignments.

  • 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.

  • Presenting at national or international forums.

  • Leading elements or sections of technical products with a growing influence.

  • Embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicating their importance within their work team.

  • Member of external professional community.

  • Complies with PNNL’s policies regarding environmental health and safety, waste management, and protection of intellectual property.

The selected candidate will have skills in one or more of these areas:

  • Meaningful publication record of at least 20 publications including both peer reviewed journal articles and reports as both lead and supporting author. Published key findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals as well as present work at professional conferences.

  • Significant “hands-on” capabilities in design, constructing, and operating functional engineering systems.

  • Demonstrated use of engineering principles to further engineering design and construction efforts.

  • Prefer expertise in computational engineering, computational chemistry or materials formulation and design.

  • Interest and demonstrated skill working across a range of engineering projects and balancing budget, scope, and schedule commitments to make these projects successful.

  • Preferred experience working with radiation, or radioactive materials, or/and radiation detection equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience; MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience; PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred PhD degree in chemical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering, chemistry, or related fields.

  • Well-established research reputation with professional achievements, including excellent technical writing skills.

  • Demonstrated participation in multidisciplinary efforts to provide solutions to complex problems where the problems are characterized by lack of precedents, source material, or lack of prior success.

  • Ability to effectively communicate within a team environment and with sponsors and partners.

  • Eligibility for a security clearance is a requirement of this position.

  • Based on project and client requirements, US citizenship is required.

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

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via

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.

Closing Statement

  • The work involves significant laboratory and complex systems operations. High risk activities may include field work, systems operating at high temperatures and high pressures, and complex chemical and radiation hazards.

  • Some travel (for fieldwork, scientific conferences, and client networking) may be necessary depending on evolving project/programmatic needs and candidate interest.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Operational Syst Engineering

Opening Date: 2021-09-09

Closing Date: 2021-09-27