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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Laboratory-Focused Experimental Biomedical Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312504

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group: Chemical and Biological Signatures

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multi-program laboratory operated by Battelle for the US DOE. The Chemical and Biological Signatures Group (CBS) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 60 biologists, chemists, materials scientists and engineers that solve research and development problems related to chemical and biological detection and forensics. CBS is seeking a biological scientist to contribute to laboratory-based experimental research focused broadly on the identification and characterization of pathogens and/or biological toxins that are problematic for human health and/or of concern to national security sponsors. The successful candidate will be a member of an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and program managers, and will conduct experiments on toxins, cells, tissues and/or model organisms to help identify causes and solutions to threatening diseases.

  • Proficiently applying basic microbiology, molecular biology and/or biochemistry techniques in a biosafety level 2 or 3 research and development setting

  • Working with biological samples using excellent sterile technique

  • Working in technical teams to complete complex project tasks on time and on budget

  • Exercising strong written and oral communication skills – including carefully documenting experimental results and contributing to technical reports and presentations

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

  • Level I : Ability to receive instruction on tasks and report results on time and budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff; ability to take initiative to set personal direction and goals. Ability to contribute to technical products such as peer-reviewed publications and reports. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

  • Level II : Ability to receive guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently complete recurring assignments. Contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a small to medium task level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Biomedical Scientist 2 (BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience OR PhD with 0 years of experience

  • MS/MA or PhD in biology or related field

  • Experience with viral or bacterial and mammalian cell culture in a biosafety level 2 or 3 setting

  • Experience applying cloning and cell line engineering techniques to research problems in microbiology

  • Understanding and experience with instrumentation development and measurement methods, including chromatographic and mass spectrometric approaches

  • Experience providing creative and practicable solutions for complex and/or ambiguous experimental problems

  • Experience working on tasks that require meticulous, reproducible laboratory work and attention to detail

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Experience contributing to peer-reviewed publications or technical reports

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

The incumbent must be able/willing to obtain a US DOE Q security clearance within two years of hire (or as quickly as one can be processed) and hold it indefinitely

The incumbent must be able/willing to work with hazardous chemicals, radiological materials and/or at biosafety level 2.


  • 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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2021-08-12

Closing Date: 2021-09-27