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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory NDE Research Physicist 3 in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311114

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

PNNL is seeking a scientist/engineer to support research and development activities associated with advancing the use of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies and methodologies for material state investigations (defects, microstructure, and properties), component conditions, and structural health monitoring. The successful candidate will play a key role in assessing and developing advanced inspection methods and extending NDE methodologies into a wide array of advanced technology areas, including power generation systems (nuclear, gas, and coal), aerospace, petro-chemical, advanced manufacturing and critical infrastructure, as well as military venues.

The successful candidate will provide technical contributions in a complex, time-sensitive, and safety-conscious laboratory working environment. This will include supporting the development of research projects with multi-disciplinary teams of electrical engineers, physicists, mechanical engineers, chemists, materials scientists, and statisticians. Of particular interest is a candidate who has the motivation to work on complex technical projects for demanding clients and possess a proven ability to think innovatively and apply technical capabilities to nontraditional challenges. It is expected that the candidate will assist in advancing PNNL’s research efforts on novel inspection, characterization, and evaluation methods and systems. The candidate will be provided opportunities to prepare materials for scientific and technical products, formal reports, presentations, and to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific conferences. Additional performance expectations include leading the development of proposals, concept papers, and supporting business development efforts.

  • Experience with NDE techniques (conventional and phased array ultrasonics, eddy current, radiography, and dieletric spectroscopy specifically), with a sound understanding of fundamentals of operation, data analysis, and applications

  • Experience in, or a developed understanding of, prognostics and predictive health monitoring

  • Familiarity with application of advanced NDE technologies

  • Strong materials science background, specifically related to fracture mechanics, microstructural characterization and metallurgy

  • Experience in planning, constructing, and executing laboratory experiments using individual components and laboratory instrumentsStrong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams

  • Effective communication skills to include verbal presentations and technical writing with a demonstrated ability to draft archival papers, proposals, and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience,

  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or

  • PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in physics, materials science, electrical engineering, metallurgy, or mechanical engineering

  • Experience with ultrasonic guided wave techniques

  • Competency and/or familiarity with physical modeling, simulation and data analysis tools (e.g. CIVA, MATLAB, Ultravision, Ansys Mechanical)

  • Experience applying NDE methods to a variety of materials from metals, weld regions, and composites

  • Experience in ultrasonic probe and advanced sensor design

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

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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Opening Date: 2020-08-24

Closing Date: 2020-10-05