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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist (Level 2) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309220

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering

Job Description

  • Contributing professional who is building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applies and interprets standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies within specialty.

  • Independently completes recurring assignments. Exercises limited judgment on work details. Makes preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.

  • Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget.

  • Networks effectively with technical peer group.

  • Contributes to technical content of proposals. Markets through excellent performance on projects.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • This position involves assisting in the planning and conduct of experiments with radioactive and non-radioactive materials and the use of materials analysis tools to assess and interpret the results of those experiments. The candidate will initially work under close supervision of senior engineers and scientists. It is expected that within a year they will be able to perform experiments and report results with little direct supervision. The successful candidate will require flexibility in conducting research in a number of different areas, but is expected to focus on materials characterization and testing relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle.

  • Contribute to on-going funded projects and will contribute to new research proposals to extend the group’s capabilities. The candidate will be expected to work simultaneously on more than one project. Exceptional organization skills and ability to work both individually and as a team member are essential.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the design and conduct of experiments pursuant to the goals and objectives of the funded research projects, and will be expected to contribute to formal reports, journal articles, and presentations on the results of the experiments. The candidate will be expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience

  • PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree should be in materials science/engineering, and/or in an area with an emphasis on instrument operation and maintenance.

  • Universal test machine, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and related techniques (EDS, EBSD, etc.), microscopy sample prep, microhardness testing.

  • Experience in microscopy of radiological samples is desirable

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

Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • 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 Radiological Worker II qualification.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engrng

Opening Date: 2019-04-10

Closing Date: 2019-04-28