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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Health Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312521

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: EHSS

Group:Radiation Protection

Job Description

The Environment, Health, Safety & Security division of PNNL contributes to operational success by providing efficient and effective systems, processes, tools, and services that enable staff to conduct their work in a safe, compliant, and environmentally sound manner. Our staff, research and operational processes work together to produce outstanding results for our customers.

As an indispensable partner in delivering safe, compliant, and efficient outcomes in support of Laboratory operations, science, science and technology, the Health Physicist assists with the implementation and continuing improvement of the PNNL radiation protection program. The position provides a key interface with science and technology staff partners, delivering subject matter expertise to facilitate successful project outcomes with high levels of performance. The Health Physicist works closely with staff to assure successful radiation protection program implementation for a myriad of projects, provides radiological risk management strategies, assures operational readiness, and develops creative solutions to complex activities utilizing radioactive material and/or radiation generating devices.

The incumbent is challenged to develop lab-wide implementing plans and procedures which assure compliance with rapidly changing applicable Federal and State laws and DOE orders, while doing so in a risk-based, cost effective manner. Responsibilities include the ability to work within broadly defined DOE rules (10 CFR 835) and integration with NRC and Agreement State regulatory framework to identify alternatives and recommended approaches. The incumbent will also be expected to be an advocate for identifying and implementing new efficiencies within the Radiation Protection Program.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for assisting with the implementation and continuing improvement of PNNL’s radiation protection program.

  • Accountable for Radiation Protection requirements management and deployment.

  • Provides technical guidance for the development of radiation protection policies and procedures, reviewing new regulatory requirements for applicability, performing assessments, identifying areas of program weakness and developing appropriate corrective actions.

  • The Health Physicist is a Subject Matter Expert expected to work independently and accept growing responsibility, with little to no oversight required.

  • The Health Physicist position delivers technical health physics support to the Radiation Protection Program through implementation and incorporation of industry technical standards for their review, issue, revision and modification of radiation protection related technical basis documents and procedures, including performance of peer reviews for Radiological Engineering documentation.

  • The Health Physicist is assigned to work with science and technology partners and DOE customers in the compliant implementation of the PNNL Radiation Protection Program and reviews and prepares technical work documents for research and maintenance operations to assure compliance with radiation protection requirements. The Health Physicist develops and reviews radiation protection procedures and technical documentation to implement radiation protection policy.

  • The Health Physicist is responsible for performance of audits and assessments, generation preparation of reports, preparation of responses to audits and assessments and assisting line managers in conducting self-assessments of radiation protection compliance in PNNL facilities. The individual must apply professional concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways, with the ability to balance long-term strategic goals with short-term priorities and network across Maintenance and Operations programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering or related science and 10+ years of relevant experience, OR advanced degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering or related science and 8+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering or related science and 15+ years of relevant experience.

  • Advanced degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering or related science and 13+ years of relevant experience.

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP).

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise for development and monitoring of DOE Radiation Protection program functional elements as defined by 10 CFR 835.

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise in the field of Internal Dosimetry and/or Radiobioassy.

  • Consistent with DOE-STD-1098, reading and comprehension skills are necessary for radiation safety training. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required for this position

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: Operational Systems

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Radiation Protection

Opening Date: 2021-08-16

Closing Date: 2021-09-27