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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Health Physics Scientist/Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311448

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group:Risk and Environmental Assessment

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Risk and Environmental Assessment group seeks a Senior Health Physics Scientist with demonstrated experience in identifying, analyzing, and implementing solutions to radiologic and/or nuclear materials derived challenges in environmental, energy production, and national security field(s). The successful candidate will provide subject matter expertise and leadership to projects performing environmental assessments as well as research in methodologies, codes, and software tools used to conduct radiological dose assessments, atmospheric dispersion, and fate and transport of radionuclides associated with releases or potential releases from radiological sources.

The successful candidate will actively participate on multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers conducting environmental assessments and research on or for existing nuclear and/or radiologically controlled facilities, energy and security infrastructure, and emergency response and preparedness programs. Specific experience with radiological, accident, transportation, and dispersion codes used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) for licensing and authorizing sites and/or technologies. Experience with environmental and safety reviews in support of NRC licensing is highly recommended.

The incumbent will be responsible for performing the following technical tasks with the level of quality, timeliness, and cost, to meet required project and client expectations:

  • Perform as a subject matter expert, project, or task lead for various technical elements of environmental and safety reviews for nuclear applications (e.g. health physics, decommissioning, transportation, emergency preparedness and accidents).

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application (and modification if necessary) of health physics codes used for licensing, operation, and decommissioning actions by the NRC, DOE, and other federal agencies.

  • Support the development and application of guidance and standards needed to ensure the safe and secure expansion of nuclear energy and management of nuclear materials.

  • Lead or participate in proposal and business development efforts leading to new or expanded projects and business opportunities.

  • Mentor junior staff in targeted areas of subject matter expertise such as reactor licensing, accident analysis, and transportation risk assessment to assist staff in achieving career objectives.

  • Contribute to the development of new programmatic and staffing strategies to maintain and grow our critical capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires a skilled professional with subject matter expertise in existing theories, principles, and concepts to the field of health physics. Specifically, the preferred candidate should have the following minimum education/experience.

Level 3:

  • BS in Health Physics or related degree with 5 years of relevant experience.

  • MS in Health Physics or related degree with 3 years of relevant experience.

  • PhD in Health Physics or related degree and 1 year of relevant experience.

Level 4:

  • BS in Health Physics or related degree with 7 years of relevant experience.

  • MS in Health Physics or related degree with 5 years of relevant experience.

  • PhD in Health Physics or related degree and 3 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree (masters or PhD) in Health Physics, with supporting education/experience in a relevant engineering field.

  • Expert level understanding of NRC’s regulations and guidance (e.g., 10 CFR Part 50-52, 54, etc).

  • Comprehensive knowledge of DOE nuclear regulatory requirements.

  • Experience in the environmental and safety aspects of nuclear facilities (licensing, production, operations); decommissioning of nuclear facilities; and dose/atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides.

  • Experience with the methodologies, codes, and tools used to conduct radiological and/or engineering assessments associated with the production, use, storage, transportation, release, or potential release of nuclear materials used in the commercial nuclear industry. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • GENII and codes that are part of the NRC’s Radiation Protection Computer Code Analysis and Maintenance (RAMP) program.

  • Severe accident modeling (MACCS) and probabilistic risk assessments.

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 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.

Closing Statement

  • Position involves business development, office-based work, and activities which may require travel to off-site locations.

  • US Citizenship is required; the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance may be necessary for the position.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Risk & Environ Assessment

Opening Date: 2020-12-10

Closing Date: 2021-02-02