Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Engineer, Level 3 in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308501

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Sciences & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Nuclear Engineering and Analysis Group is looking for a nuclear engineer who possess an understanding of the nuclear reactors, fuel performance and the nuclear fuel cycle. This position will support multidisciplinary projects that require a broad understanding of nuclear engineering associated with reactors and material production as well as nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards applications.

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

Technical Expertise: Skilled professional working on becoming a known technical expert in their field. Applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of nuclear engineering and nuclear design is required. Knowledge of commercial nuclear reactor systems and operations is preferred. Interest in multi-disciplinary activities required.

Level of Responsibility: Fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common in the specific discipline and function of work assigned. Subject matter expert in nuclear fuel cycle analysis; leader for major technical tasks; lead author on technical reports and other written or oral deliverables; direct communication with clients within and exterior to PNNL. Will also mentor interns to aid in their professional development.

Business Development: Generates ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities. Leads development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire internal/external funding for self, and possibly others.

Technical Products: Primary author or contributor on calculations and technical documents, literature publications or reports; presents information to external review groups and papers at national meetings; may present invited papers.

• Knowledge of and experience with programming in FORTRAN/MATLAB and/or general programming skills

• Calculations and evaluations related to nuclear power industry reactor modeling software

• Familiarity with material production processing at other DOE/NNSA or DOE/NE sites is desirable

• It is essential you have demonstrated ability to organize and execute test plans in support of overall project goals and analytical skills, including experience and demonstrated proficiency in presenting, writing capabilities, and interacting with technicians

Also responsible to independently complete recurring assignments in a safe and secure fashion, exercise limited judgement on work details, and make 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.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience. Master’s degree plus 3 years of related work or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of related work or educational experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in a field directly relevant to nuclear engineering and analysis.

• Demonstrated ability to work with limited information to draw technically defensible conclusions that would support objectives of individual projects.

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: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Fuels & Materials Performance

Opening Date: 2018-10-23

Closing Date: 2019-02-19