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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311707

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences & Technology

Group: Disruptive Technology

Job Description

The Disruptive Technology group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, algorithm development, and systems design to serve as flywheel for feeding technology advancements into capabilities across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.

The Disruptive Technology group is seeking junior scientists and engineers with a background in the applied modeling of systems across multiple length and time scales, including electronic structure, phase field, finite element and chemical process modeling. The successful candidate will have hands-on experience developing modeling and simulation approaches to address the complementary roles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and heat transport in systems undergoing simultaneous chemical reactions and phase changes. The candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team and be expected to work closely with experimental scientists on interpretation of data and design of experiments. Experience working with data analytics methods is also desirable.

The successful candidate will receive guidance on new assignments from senior team members, while being expected to suggest preliminary selections of technical alternatives. The candidate will work independently to complete recurring assignments and define/lead project work at a small task/project level, reporting results to the larger team on time and within budget. They will be expected to contribute to proposals, embrace expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Level II: Ability to receive guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently complete recurring assignments. Contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a small to medium task level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Level III : Ability to give guidance on new assignments, making selections on technical alternatives; independently complete more complex assignments. Leading or contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a large task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

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

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience PhD with 1 year of experience

  • Hands-on experience working with modeling tools across the scales (including quantum chemistry tools, phase field calculations and finite element modeling)

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering or related discipline with 3 years of experience

  • Fluent with engineering modeling tools

  • Familiar with engineering mathematics and documentation software (e.g. Matlab, Maple, Mathematica)

  • Experience with data analytical techniques such as Pandas and TensorFlow.

  • Ability to independently design, execute and report results of modeling and simulation for interpretation of experimental data

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience managing tasks with budget and deadline requirements

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: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2021-02-23

Closing Date: 2021-03-09