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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Junior User Experience Engineer (UX) - Research Computing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312484

Directorate: Communications & Information Technology

Division: Research Computing

Group: Software & Technology

Job Description

Who we are:

  • Research Computing advances scientific discovery by providing computational tools and expertise to accelerate and demonstrate research outcomes. We support computationally enabled science by providing computational building blocks (e.g., HPC, Machine Learning environments, Data Management Tools etc.). In addition, we provide services, expertise, and support to researchers to optimize their use of our capabilities (e.g., UX, Software Engineering, HPC Consulting, Cloud Deployment, etc.). Lastly fostering a culture of computing through interdisciplinary collaboration, community building, and access to computational resources.

  • We are looking for an early career UX Engineer to join our team. Read on to find out more.

Who you are:

  • You are an early career UX Engineer, who is excited about engaging in the full range of User Centered Design (UCD) processes.

  • You are a self-starter who is passionate about demonstrating the value of user centered design advocating for the targeted audience and helping instill this mindset in development teams.

  • You want your career to matter and yearn to work on projects that will make the world a better place.

  • You relish working on broad and diverse scopes of work are excited about joining existing project teams across our research directorates.

  • You are a natural networker with entrepreneurial prowess.

  • You thrive in ambiguity. If it isn't defined you can design it, overcoming constraints to provide the best experience

  • You are a communicator and storyteller, adept at presenting to executives and customers. You are also comfortable providing and receiving constructive feedback with others in the UX team.

  • You have strong and demonstrable visual, interaction and graphic design skills.

  • You have a design portfolio that showcases your work.

What we offer:

  • Numerous prospects to contribute across UCD processes, performing:

  • User Research, Requirements Gathering and Analysis

  • Ideation and Innovation Process

  • Concept and Detailed Visual Design (high emphasis)

  • Rapid Prototyping

  • Production, Development and Measurement

  • Product Launch

  • Opportunities to shape your career as you contribute to nationally significant projects, these may cover environmental remediation, carbon neutral energy solutions, secure Grid operations, national cyber security, and climate science support.

  • Initially you will join existing project teams, to soak up the research culture and operate within specific design, brand and guidelines and standards. As your career develops you will be given increasing autonomy to build your own opportunities within the Lab and developing opportunities for other staff to follow.

If this sounds exciting to you, please apply!

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

Level I: Applies basic S&E theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight. Working locally as an individual contributor. Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Work is conducted with a high standard of quality, safety, and security. Contributes to technical products such as: Topical Reports, Peer-reviewed Publications, patents/intellectual property, Software/Data Artifacts, Hardware/Materials/ Electronics Artifacts

Level II: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule, and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience, Relevant Associates degree and 4 years of relevant work experience, High school diploma and 8 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, PhD with 0 years of experience, Relevant Associates degree and 6 years of relevant work experience, High school diploma and 10 years of relevant work experience

  • Experience with User Research and Analysis, Ideation, Concept and Detailed Visual Design, Rapid Prototyping, Production, Development & Measurement, and Product Launch

  • Experience working and influencing teams of software engineers

  • Experience with design tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Figma, Sketch, and XD etc.

  • Experience working creatively within brand guidelines

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.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Software & Technology

Opening Date: 2021-08-11

Closing Date: 2021-09-27