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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309971

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences and Technology

Group: Detection Physics

Job Description

The Detection Physics (DP) group focuses on the development of detection systems and data analysis techniques for a variety of missions ranging from fundamental physics to national security. Projects within the research group range from highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear/particle physics, including novel sensor technology development.

The DP group is seeking one or more junior mechanical design engineers to contribute to a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving radiation detection systems for threat detection and isotope identification. As part of the DP group the successful candidate will apply their skills in broad engineering topic areas developing technical approaches to solve challenges in support scientific and engineering undertakings. The successful candidate should have experience in designing and building equipment in a research and development atmosphere in an interdisiplinary environment involving a broad spectrum of talents. In addition, the candidate should have the ability to both contribute technically on project teams as well as leading small technical tasks.

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 required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Initiative to set personal direction and goals, while working with a high standard of 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 task/project 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 or MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Degree in mechanical engineering with EIT/FE exam qualifications is preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate engineering outcomes to non-expert technical staff and scientists.

  • Experience managing tasks with budget and deadline requirements.

  • Previous technical experience that may include one or more of the following:

  • Experience with machine design (statics/dynamics and stress analysis), heat transfer, and fluid mechanics.

  • Basic knowledge of machining operations (mill, lathe, CNC, EDM, etc.) and welding techniques (MIG, TIG, orbital welding systems, etc.).

  • CAD/drafting including finite element analysis.

  • Gas processing and high vacuum experience.

  • Basic programming experience and computer control and automation knowledge.

  • Electrical experience (e.g., low-voltage analog and digital systems).

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

  • Laboratory work with vacuum, pressurized gases, cryogenics, cleanrooms, radiation sources, and control/measurement systems

  • Occasional travel

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: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Detection Physics

Opening Date: 2019-10-09

Closing Date: 2019-10-30