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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Front End Software Engineer - React in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311756

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Software Engineering and Architectures

Job Description

Do you want to create a legacy of meaningful research for the greater good? Do you want to lead and contribute to work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face our Nation? Then join us in the Software Engineering and Architectures Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)!

For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. PNNL is committed to providing cutting edge, state-of-the-art solutions in support of our sponsors’ missions. Help us advance this frontier and protect our nation!

Software Engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) addresses critical national and global issues by developing data processing/storage systems utilizing cloud, parallel and distributed architectures. We provide high-performance extract-transform-load processing and big data services capabilities supporting high velocity streaming systems, large data sets, applied real-time analytics and artificial intelligence

The ideal candidate will also possess qualities such as,

  • An interest, curiosity and technical depth to support the development and advancement of a variety of applied problems specific to the national security community

  • The ability and the desire to learn new technologies as this is a rapidly evolving field

  • Technical knowledge in configuring and deploying applications in multiple environments – cloud, container services, clusters

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills

The Front End Software Engineer – React should have working knowledge in several of the following related-skillsets:

  • 1-2 years of experience as a professional software developer

  • Strong expertise in React/Redux

  • Strong understanding of state management

  • Strong experience providing mentorship and guidance, including code reviews, training, and feedback

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong experience writing unit and integration tests

  • Proficiency with GraphQL a plus

  • Proficiency designing Restful APIs a plus

  • Proficiency with ElasticSearch a plus

  • Experience with containerization and/or Kubernetes a plus

  • Knowledge of software engineering best practices and software project lifecycles

  • Conduct code reviews on components and applications to ensure adherence to the development standards and best practices.

  • Experience with big data platforms a plus

  • Experience with cloud platforms a plus


  • Apply knowledge of software engineering practices (e.g. source control, problem tracking, design principles, etc.) with minimal oversight

  • Take initiative to set personal direction and goals

  • Stay current about industry developments

  • Work collaboratively within a team to execute on the full system development life cycle

  • Maintain or follow quality assurance procedures

  • Demonstrate good time management skills

  • Be able to work with different technologies


  • You want to work in a lively environment full of scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts who love learning and thinking creatively

  • You want to have impact on people's lives and national security problems

  • You want to work in an environment where diversity and equality are highly valued

  • You want to build novel solutions to complex problems

  • You are independent in your every-day work, and self-directed in your career goal

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

  • Level I: Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices and procedures within specialization. Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals. Builds and maintains effective internal relationships on individual or team level. Work is conducted with a high standard of quality, safety, and security.

  • Level II: Effectively teams to share resources and optimize research and development at the group and division level. Builds reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Contributes to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments. Builds reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience or MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

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

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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Software Eng & Architectures

Opening Date: 2021-03-03

Closing Date: 2021-05-02