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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Manager, Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309627

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Job Description

The Nuclear Sciences Division within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is seeking a Technical Group Manager (TGM) to lead the Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering (NC&E) group. The TGM is a key interface among and between the various business, line and support functions at PNNL. The role of the TGM is to develop/maintain highly productive staff and technical capabilities as assigned that are highly aligned and serve business sector strategies across multiple directorates.

The NC&E group consists of a diverse set of approximately 70 staff organized into three technical teams: Irradiated Materials, Radiochemical Science, and Actinide Science. The group primarily conducts research in the Radiochemcial Processing Laboratory (RPL), a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility in the Hanford 300 Area. NC&E’s capabilities support the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED), and the National Security Directorate (NSD) market sectors as well as the Nuclear Physics (NP) sector within the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate (PCSD). The incumbent will lead implementation of RPL related components of PNNL’s nuclear strategy, and support sector business strategies across directorates.

Responsibiities and Accountabilities:

  • Lead the growth strategy for PNNL’s Radiochemical Processessing Laboratory

  • Market group capabilities across the Laboratory and support Sector Managers (SMs) in external marketing

  • Ensure safe, secure, effective, and compliant operations with the RPL Safety Basis, safeguards limits, and other requirements for nuclear operations as well as general PNNL safety requirements

  • Network with other TGMs, Project Management Office Directors (PMODs) and staff from PNNL, Battelle Memorial Institute, national laboratories, and other organizations to discover and fulfill capability requirements

  • Work with Division Directors, SMs and PMODs to identify future resource requirements

  • Hire and assign diverse, qualified staff to projects

  • Manage assigned resources to ensure optimum utilization of staff, equipment, and facilities

  • Cultivate staff success through advancement of a supportive work environment where all staff members are valued and respected

  • Provide quality performance feedback to staff members, support professional and personal development goals, and take corrective actions as needed

  • Ensure quality of product/services delivered by assigning appropriately trained and motivated staff

  • Take action to mitigate hazards associated with work conducted by assigned staff.

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

Level III: Provides leadership to multiple related teams. Applies knowledge of key business drivers to set departmental priorities and allocates resources to align with business objectives and annual plan. Makes effective decisions guided by resource availability and organizational objectives.

Level IV: Provides leadership through multidisciplinary teams. Applies a broad industry knowledge and commercial awareness to contribute to the development of functional/operational long-term streategy and develops annual plans to ensure alignment. Make effective decisions guided by functional or major operational segment strategy and priorities that drive financial performance in direct support of achievement of Laboratory Critical Outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 10 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 8 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 12 years of experience, or an advanced degree in radiochemistry, nuclear engineering, or chemistry plus 10 years of experience.

  • Experience with nuclear operations, managing nuclear R&D, securing project funding, and leading technical teams.

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.

Additional information:

The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials. The incumbent must be able to achieve at least Radiological Worker I qualification. The incumbent must be able to access the Personnel Contamination Monitors (PCMs) when exiting Radiological Buffer Areas and must be able to walk with purpose in the event of a criticality alarm in the facility.

This position requires approximately 10% travel.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Nuclear Sciences Division

Opening Date: 2019-07-26

Closing Date: 2019-08-25