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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Electrical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310021

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences and 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 DT group is seeking one or more early to mid-career level Electrical Engineers with skills in electronics, embedded systems, and software development to contribute to a wide variety of research, development efforts involving electromagnetics sensing. The successful candidate should have experience in research and / or applied projects or programs.

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:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills – including the ability to author technical presentations and reports and carefully document experimental results.

  • Interest and enthusiasm for working on diverse projects that will demand the development of new skills

  • Strong record of academic and job performance

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

  • Effectively team to share resources and optimize research. Mentor junior staff.

  • Lead or 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Scientist/Engineer II (Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years of experience, Master's degree with 0-2 years experience, and PhD with 0 years of experience. Degree in electrical engineering.

  • Scientist/Engineer III (Bachelor's degree with 5 years of experience, Master's degree with and 3+ years of experience, and PhD with 1-2 years of experience. Degree in electrical engineering. MS or above is strongly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with an emphasis on embedded systems and electronics is preferred.

  • Electrical engineer with strong background in embedded systems, computer programming, electronics, data acquisition, hardware interfacing, and integration of hardware and software systems

  • High-frequency electronic hardware design, simulation, test, and measurement expertise and experience with a wide variety of digital electronic systems including embedded systems, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA’s), data acquisition (ADCs) and related devices.

  • Demonstrated computer programming skills with experience in C / C++, GUI development, and GPU programming (CUDA or OpenCL)

  • Experience with network communications and device communications (SPI, I2C, etc.)

  • Knowledge of real-time signal and image processing applications, ideally with experience in design, development, and integration of complex sensor systems in fields such as radar, ultrasonics, or optics.

  • 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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • Laboratory work with vacuum, pressurized gases, cryogenics, radiation sources and control/measurement systems

  • Occasional travel

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2020-02-20

Closing Date: 2020-04-19