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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory National Security Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311386

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Operational Readiness & Assurance

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for a Specialist to support the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) and other national security projects as the Equipment Logistics Center (ELC) Lead. The NSDD Office, part of Department of Energy’s Office of Global Material Security (NA-21), plays a key role in the nonproliferation mission of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). The Equipment Logistics Center procures/deploys/supports mobile and handheld radiation detection equipment; provides spare parts for fixed radiation detection equipment; loans equipment in support of various testing, training, and programmatic activities; and manages international shipping/logistics for the program. The ELC also houses a virtual studio used to conduct remote trainings.

The incumbent’s responsibilities and accountabilities will include:

  • Manage tasks/activities of 3-5 ELC staff members; including:

  • establishing task priorities for ELC staff; encouraging communication, ensuring clarity of direction, and identifying obstacles impacting the schedule of Program activities;

  • assigning tasks to the ELC staff including maintaining equipment inventory; maintenance of stored equipment; procurement of handheld equipment, parts, and kits; managing availability of subject matter experts/staffing; and

  • providing guidance/mentoring to ELC-based staff and technical Subject Matter Experts.

  • Understand technical aspects of maintaining relevant handheld and fixed radiation detection equipment to conduct basic ELC technical functions.

  • Function as the ELC Cognizant Space Manager for technical and training activities conducted in that space.

  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with the PNNL operations and oversight organizations (e.g., export control, transportation, rad engineering, etc.) to ensure all operations meeting Lab and Program requirements.

  • Identify and foster working relationships with other programs that have similar equipment management needs to possibly expand ELC activities to provide cross-program support.

  • Assist project manager(s) with project documentation related to ELC support activities, including: presentations, project records, databases, and other documentation.

  • Work with DOE and PNNL Program management to identify process improvements.

  • Collaborate with Operation Readiness & Assurance Group leadership and Project Managers to evolve ELC capabilities to address complex problems within established policy and recommend improvements to internal PNNL processes

  • Apply specialized knowledge of equipment and technologies deployed for physical security, WMD counter-proliferation, and interdiction operations both domestically and internationally.

  • Develop and implement procedures, logistics strategies, concept of operations, planning, and assessment techniques and tools associated with the deployment, operation, maintenance, and sustainability of security systems, operational security, nuclear material safeguards, vulnerability assessments, risk analysis, security policy, and critical infrastructure protection.

  • Conduct assessments, evaluations and analysis of these systems to support troubleshooting, forecast reliability and sustainability challenges, and identify opportunities for technological or operational enhancements.

  • Areas of emphasis include program planning and management, system design and analysis, tactics and training, requirements definition, and operational sustainability.

Serve as a technical subject matter expert for procurement, installation and maintenance of integrated systems, including identification of R&D opportunities associated with next generation security systems, counter-proliferation and interdiction technologies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 7+ years of relevant experience; or

  • Advanced degree and 5+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with external collaborators;

  • Skills necessary to use, maintain, and troubleshoot handheld radiation detection devices and experience with integrated hardware/software systems;

  • Understanding of PNNL, DOE, DOT, and/or Export Control requirements for domestic and international shipping, as well as PNNL corporate policies and procedures;

  • Experience collaborating with PNNL Contracts for the purchase of goods and services, as well as, experience serving as Technical Oversight Representative for purchase orders;

  • Experience working within large project teams including stakeholders from multiple laboratories and contractors;

  • Proficiency in standard software tools such as Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint/SharePoint, and experience with a service request/issue/ticket tracking system (e.g., Footprints, Maximo, Siebel, JIRA, etc.)

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • May include work with radioactive sources.

  • Lifting materials greater than 11 kg (25 lbs) may be required.

  • May include activity-specific electrical work. security systems, operational security, nuclear material safeguards, vulnerability assessments, risk analysis, security policy, and critical infrastructure protection.

  • Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Operational Readiness & Assura

Opening Date: 2020-11-17

Closing Date: 2020-12-02