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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Illustrator - Designer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311107

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Communications

Group: Visual Communications

Job Description

An illustrator in the Visual Communications Group within the Communications Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory works with the Creative Director in collaboration with Laboratory partners to concept, create, and deploy visual illustration solutions that highlight and expand research and scientific concepts through print and electronic media. Focus of this position will be on scientific and technical Illustrations for proposals, journals and publications, presentations and digital media. The illustrator may also work on other design projects as assigned, which include — but are not limited to — marketing brochures, promotional fliers, informational booklets, research reports, scientific presentations, and conference posters. The position is located in Richland, Washington and a full relocation package is offered.

  • Highly skilled at working with researchers and subject matter experts to translate complex scientific concepts into visually engaging graphics and illustrations and adapt illustration style as needed

  • Expert at technical, informational, and conceptual illustration - including infographics

  • Experience and ability to provide quick sketches for approval to be used to assess appropriate level of detail/effort for final, polished illustration

  • Create illustrations that will be incorporated into a wide variety of print and electronic communications products that support requirements of S&T staff and leaders at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Collaborate with, and provide professional services to, internal S&T clients through the entire life cycle of a project, that is from determining project requirements through successful project delivery

  • Ability to provide good customer service; patient, attentive, good interpersonal communication skills, time-management skills, and use of positive language.

  • Strong organization skills and ability to manage time-sensitive project requests and complete such projects within the timeframe provided

  • Pay strict attention to detail and technical accuracy to translate scientific concepts into detailed, yet visually engaging illustrations

  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects and meet frequent on-demand deadlines in a fast-paced, highly productive, team environment with little oversight

  • Serve as a strategic member of a dedicated in-house team of creative professionals under the direction of the Creative Director

  • Experience using e-forms to input data to utilize the Division workflow system, “CommWorks,” to record assignments, monitor progress, and route work

  • Ability to work with peers and leadership across the Division to establish effective working relationships

  • Demonstrated proficiency with industry-standard software, including the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office applications.

  • Success will be measured through pre-determined metrics, client feedback, team member interactions, and management observation.

  • Perform other duties as required/assigned

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

Level 2:

Provides solutions to a wide-range of moderate to difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives. Manages issues between and within organizational lines. Competent in basic area of expertise. Uses professional concepts; frequent use and application of standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Applies existing methods to well defined problems; sometimes develops extensions to existing methods to resolve new or less well defined problems. Manages personal work and influences others. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Has internal and some external contacts. May gives task direction to non-exempt staff.

Level 3:

Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities in area where assigned as SME. Recognized by peers as competent in area of expertise. Uses skills as a seasoned professional with complete principles, theories, and concepts in the field. Provides leadership within department. Influences policy and direction of PNNL committees. Extends knowledge and experience outside of own area of expertise. Manages projects of limited scope. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Interacts with senior internal and external personnel. May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff. Asks for assistance and/or delegates when appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of experience or advanced degree or 11 years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience or 13+ years of relevant experience

  • Proficiency in digital animation tools and techniques for motion graphics

  • Bachelor’s degree in Illustration, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, or a related field

  • Experience with 3D modeling and rendering software

  • On occasion, ability to design print materials that ensure consistency through rigorously applying PNNL, and associated, visual identity standards in adherence to the institutional brand style guide

  • Up-to-date knowledge of current tools and trends in graphic design for print and digital output, including proper file preparation requirements and conventions

  • Uses industry best practices, including file management, file setup, and print production

  • Power user of PowerPoint, and in creating highly designed and polished presentations utilizing animation

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Diverse portfolio

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.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Visual Communications

Opening Date: 2020-08-24

Closing Date: 2020-09-23