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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader (Risk and Environmental Assessment) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311192

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Sciences

Group: Risk and Environmental Assessment

Job Description

The Earth Systems Science Division (ESSD) within the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) is seeking a Group Leader for the Risk & Environmental Assessment (REA) Group within ESSD. REA has 60 employees with diverse backgrounds in science and engineering disciplines, including health physicists, ecologists, archeologists, engineers, biologists, anthropologists, risk analysts, program managers, technicians, post-docs, and students with a budget of approximately $20M/yr. REA supports key applied energy and national security programs including (but not limited to) DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Nuclear Security Administration, Office Environmental Management, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and associated industry sponsors.

Specific areas of emphasis include developing and applying risk and decision analysis methods and techniques to support informed decision making and policy development (e.g., safety, security); and understanding complex Earth systems necessary to quantify and mitigate human and ecological risks posed by built systems, regulatory policies, and/or decisions (e.g., infrastructure operation, land cover decisions, urban development in coastal areas) in critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense.

The Group Leader reports directly to the ESSD Director and will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining awareness of competitive landscape for REA capabilities and informing group and division strategies.

  • Being a key member of the ESSD Leadership team, championing the strategic, tactical, and operational success of the division in partnership with colleague-, group-, and division-level leaders.

  • Leading the development and execution of the Group Strategy, in partnership with Division Leadership and Sector Managers from across the organization that delivers successful outcomes tailored PNNL and sponsor needs.

  • Developing research capabilities that are externally recognized for their national impact and effectively and efficiently utilized by PNNL’s research and development programs.

  • Working with sector and program managers to establish new programs based on innovative combinations of the group’s core competencies in response to PNNL and national needs

The Group Leader will be expected to:

  • Steward and communicate the group’s capabilities and accomplishments with internal and external partners to advance the organization’s reputation.

  • Establish and maintain a culture of integrity, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, and delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.

  • Implement all applicable safety, environment, security, quality, compliance, and administrative policies.

  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that retains and attracts the highest caliber scientific staff and ensures appropriate mentoring and supervision of postdocs and students.

  • Implement practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented people to support current and future mission needs. This also includes managing essential aspects of research operations and expert delivery, including interfacing with those responsible for managing project risk and execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 10 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 8 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree and significant experience in relevant earth science or engineering discipline, risk assessment, or environmental policy represented in the group.

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant earth science or engineering discipline, risk assessment, or environmental policy and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, or line management experience; or Advanced degree in relevant earth science or engineering discipline, risk assessment, or environmental policy and 8 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, and line management experience.

  • Outstanding scientific research and technical leadership in a scientific or engineering field relevant to Risk and Environmental Assessment as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, and/or other relevant metrics.

  • A record of success in developing new program funding initiatives and a network of contacts with program sponsors relevant to REA.

  • Record of effective leadership and teamwork (interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills) in a complex scientific organization and a demonstrated scientific vision and ability to collaborate across business units to build, maintain, and market capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage safely, securely, and effectively diverse research facilities with chemical, radiological, and field/lab operations.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain radiological worker qualification.

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

  • Radiological, laboratory, and field environments

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Earth Systems Science

Opening Date: 2020-09-14

Closing Date: 2020-10-13