Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Information Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307520

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

The Nuclear Engineering and Analysis Group within PNNL is looking for an information analyst with experience in global security, intelligence studies, knowledge management, or other related disciplines.

The position provides intelligence analysis support for DOE/IN and other organizations of the Intelligence Community (IC).

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Fully knowledgeable of and proficient in one or several subject areas including theory, principles and practices. Expertise may include: security studies or intelligence analysis (structured analytic techniques, open source intelligence, all source analysis, etc.), information research and retrieval (precision and recall), and information organization of large structured or semi-structured datasets (information visualization, taxonomies, metadata, indexing, repositories).

  • General knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and experience with all-source intelligence.

  • Foreign language proficiency is preferred.

  • Ability to analyze financial systems and data for cyber or insider threat is preferred.

  • Ability to independently plan, research, develop, and conduct complex analytical methodological analyses and provide information that meets the information needs of clients and contributes to the development of high-quality intelligence products.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate analytical methods and tools including survey research, design, and analysis.

  • Good problem solving ability utilizing novel tools, techniques and methods to answer challenging intelligence questions.

  • Ability to logically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, as well as the ability to review and incorporate multiple sources of information in performing assignments.

  • May work on discrete pieces of larger projects or simultaneously with different customers or on different projects of increased complexity, risk or impact. May serve as task leader.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations:

  • Strong initiative. Demonstrates entrepreneurial and `can-do' spirit. Highly flexible; ability to understand issues from multiple points of view, but also possess a bias toward action with an ability to follow through on implementation.

  • Support complex, politically sensitive, internationally critical, and technically challenging projects.

  • Able to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks and requests with minimal supervision and guidance.

  • Ability to research complex problems, identify and retrieve needed information, and deliver targeted results to colleagues and customers in a timely manner.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing technical, policy-oriented and project documents in a clear and understandable manner in accordance to established standards.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

  • The incumbent will be required to build a network within the Technical Team and Group, begin extending this network into the National Security Directorate.

  • Conducts primary and secondary research on individuals, companies, industries, competitive threats, potential opportunities, legislative and regulatory impacts, demographic trends, market share and similar business drivers.

  • Searches for, identify, locate, analyze and deliver scientific and technical information to scientists, engineers and managers in support of R&D projects and intellectual property commercialization.

  • Provides synthesis and/or analysis of research findings to use in decision support, for example, trends analysis, scenario forecasting, warnings and indicators, SWOT and other analytic methodologies, data mining, opportunity assessment, etc.

  • Support the research, development, and transition of methods, tools, and technologies in the chemical and nuclear sciences, nonproliferation, nuclear security policy or intelligence analysis domains;

  • Works with PNNL staff and sponsors to identify analytic questions and develop plans to help answer those questions;

  • Writes or contributes directly to analytical products distributed to a variety of audiences;

  • Provides program and research support to chemical and nuclear sciences, nonproliferation, nuclear security policy or intelligence initiatives that address national security challenges.

This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical areas associated with the National Security of the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

The selected candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of related work experience, or advanced degree and 4 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse set of project personnel to accomplish a goal and gather input/deliverables with no direct authority over them.

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to perform as a team member on multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment with high expectations for quality.

  • Develops solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity based on policy or past practice for guidance.

  • Above-average business skills including the ability to quickly understand expectations, and then apply that understanding to navigate PNNL business systems and processes.

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

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 Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Opening Date: 2018-03-08

Closing Date: 2018-03-24