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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Computer Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310499

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Disruptive Technology

Job Description

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

The DT group is seeking an early-career Computer Scientist to contribute to a wide variety of research, development efforts involving mobile forensics, IoT and ICT communication networks, network simulation, standards development and edge computing for a wide variety of applications and missions. The work will include exposure to and an opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills as required by project tasks from completing feasibility and risk assessments, to system development, deployment and integration into operational environments. The successful candidate should have experience in research and / or applied projects or programs.

Staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest. The successful candidate will have a mindset for data-driven research and discovery facilitated by the tools and techniques of computational modeling, machine learning, human language technologies, cognitive science and semantic systems.

The incumbent will work as a technical contributor under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers, and will be responsible for performing the following technical tasks with the level of quality, timeliness, and cost, to meet required project and client expectations:

  • Building reputation through application of scientific and engineering principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

  • Designing, developing, and testing semi-automated and autonomous systems

  • Experience integrating systems including hardware, firmware and/or software development, computer networking and testing

  • Interpreting and writing standards for communications, smart cities, telecom protocols

  • Applying principles, methods, and applications of communication theory such as (signal processing,) decision theory, estimation theory, and modulation-demodulation

  • Feasibility studies and mission focused risk assessments of components and systems

  • Present at national or international forums.

  • Contribute to technical proposals, project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers.

  • Assist with the development of new capabilities within the group.

In addition to high-quality support for clients (both internal and external), a critical part of the position is the ability to quickly and effectively develop and demonstrate skills and abilities that will lead to growth in responsibilities and career progression.

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

Level I : Ability to receive instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Initiative to set personal direction and goals, while working with a high standard of 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 task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 0-1 years of experience or a Master's degree or a PhD with at least 0 years of experience are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Computers Science, Computational Science, Electrical Engineering or related field with an emphasis on embedded systems is preferred with 2 years of experience or a Master's degree or a PhD with at least 0 years of experience.

  • Previous experience working at a DOE National Lab is preferred.

  • Demonstrated creative, critical thinking and troubleshooting skills, strong collaborative skills, strong written and verbal communication

  • A self starter with a continuous improvement mindset and a willingness to grow technically as well as professionally

  • Excellent understanding of wired and wireless communications systems

  • Experience managing tasks with budget and deadline requirements

  • Programming experience (e.g., C/C++, C#.NET, Python, Java)

  • Ability to quickly learn and apply a diverse set of technical skills as required by the task

  • Working knowledge in one or several related skill-sets such as:

  • Analysis of complex systems

  • Software engineering

  • GUI development with .NET WPF and the MVVM patterns and/or python

  • Graph analytics and machine learning approaches

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with modeling and simulation tools.

  • Digital signal processing of analog and digital signals including: raw sensor signals to modulation/demodulation of waveforms

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

  • Laboratory work with non-ionizing radiation, soldering stations, vacuum, pressurized gases, radiation sources and control/measurement systems

  • Occasional travel

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: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2020-02-14

Closing Date: 2020-02-28