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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309644

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

Do you want to impact national security? Does addressing our Nation’s most challenging problems motivate you? Come and join us! Pacific Northwest National Laboratory advances the frontiers of science and engineering. As a leader in national security, we possess a longstanding capability in the production of nuclear materials to support our nuclear deterrent and to counter proliferation of nuclear weapons. We are searching for a leader—one who can both lead a group of talented scientists and engineers and define a vision for the future that builds new programs and capability.

We invite you to become part of the Signatures Science & Technology Division. Our mission is to discover the science, develop the technology, and drive operations to neutralize emerging national security threats. Through this mission we strive to:

• Maintain U.S. supremacy in detecting adversaries

• Deter and counter the use of weapons of mass destruction

• Develop science and technology for a radically different conflict landscape.

You will work alongside over 400 staff with expertise in seven technical groups that include fundamental physics, nuclear explosion monitoring, materials science, nuclear material production and processing, biochemistry, explosives detection, and non-destructive evaluation. The division is actively growing our capabilities across our entire portfolio, and we are searching for highly talented staff to join our team.

The Nuclear Engineering and Analysis Group is part of the Signatures Science & Technology Division. We are looking for a material scientist or metallurgist with experience in casting, metal working, and mechanical testing and analysis. The position provides process support and analysis for a number of nuclear fuels and materials related projects supporting the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and commercial entities. Analyses will support projects in terms of defining process-structure-property-performance relationships to optimize processing steps and provide valuable information for demonstration and qualification purposes.

The ideal candidate must possess a strong technical background in processing and mechanical testing of metal alloys as well as thermophysical property measurement and analysis. Experience with materials of relevance to the nuclear industry, e.g., uranium, zirconium, stainless steel, is highly desired although not necessary. A willingness to work with radioactive materials (e.g., uranium) is essential. It is essential that the candidate have demonstrated ability to organize and execute test plans in support of overall project goals, develop material specifications, and review procurement deliverables. The candidate will also be responsible for independently completing recurring assignments, exercising limited judgement on work details, and making preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives. Key attributes leading to the determination of upward progression in this career family include technical expertise, level of responsibility, directing others, mentoring, teaming, and networking.

Roles and responsibilities include:

• The candidate will be responsible for contributing to projects and building a professional reputation for technical expertise, while completing recurring assignments and exercising limited judgement on work details.

• The candidate will be required to lead specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule, and budget and coordinate closely with Project Managers.

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

• The candidate is expected to provide strong technical judgement by providing solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.

• This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the candidate 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.

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

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.

Level III: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

• BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

• BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience.

• Degree should be in material science, metallurgy or related discipline. MS or PhD preferred.

• Previous experience in metal alloy processing and analysis is highly 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

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: 2019-08-02

Closing Date: 2019-09-01