Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 311897
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Nuclear Sciences
Group:Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering
Contributing professional who is building a reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Higher level candidates have established a local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain, and make key contributions in setting technical direction.
Builds networks, teams effectively, and mentors more junior staff. Higher level candidates build teams, develop and optimize capabilities, and take on operational assignments.
Independently completes recurring assignments and makes preliminary decisions on technical alternatives. Leads small tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget; contributes to proposals; embraces expectations for quality, safety and security, and markets through exceptional performance on projects. Higher level candidates in addition select and develop technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight; are principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks; support scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at the project level; generate new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals; demonstrate ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level; serve as a role model for quality, safety, and security.
Member of external professional community. Presenter at national or international forums. Leads elements or sections of technical products. Higher level candidates are establishing a leadership role in their professional community including professional societies, other laboratories, academia, and industry, and lead technical products.
The successful candidate will support radiation spectroscopy operations in PNNL’s Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL), including alpha spectroscopy, beta counting, liquid scintillation analysis, gamma spectroscopy, and low energy photon spectroscopy. This includes: setup, operation and maintenance of the counting systems and associated networks, including in an underground lab; instrument procurement and installation; daily count room operations; spectroscopy data analysis and reporting; support of the International Monitoring System USL16 radionuclide laboratory; assisting and leading setup of unique systems for, e.g., spatially resolved gamma scanning of items such as ion exchange columns and spent fuel rods, multi-detector systems, and low background systems (cosmic veto and Compton suppression). They will also support reactor dosimetry measurements such as those regularly conducted for research reactor experiments (e.g., HFIR and ATR), and fission yield measurements.
The successful candidate will provide capability operational support as a cognizant space manager of one or more of the count rooms and associated labs and assist with material balance area responsibilities.
Programmatic needs require off-shift work periodically.
- BS/BA with 2 years experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years experience, or PhD with 0 years experience
BS/BA with 5 years experience, MS/MA with 3 years experience, or PhD with 1 years experience
Minimum three years experience in the operation and maintenance of radiation spectroscopy systems and count room operations.
Five or more years experience in the operation and maintenance of gamma spectroscopy systems, and analysis of gamma spectroscopy data.
Five or more years experience in the operation and maintenance of alpha spectroscopy and/or beta count and/or liquid scintillation and/or LEPS, and analysis and reporting of the associated data.
Five or more years experience using software such as Genie2000, APEX Gamma, APEX Alpha, APEX Alpha/Beta, C/C++, MS-SQL, PowerShell, and/or MS-DOS.
Five or more years experience in count room operations.
Degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Science, Physics, Radiation Health Physics, Environmental Science/Engineering or closely related.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
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.
Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials.
Candidates must be able to achieve Radiological Worker II qualification.
The incumbent must be able to access the Personnel Contamination Monitors (PCMs) when exiting Radiological Buffer Areas.
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs
Group: Nuclear Chem & Engineering
Opening Date: 2021-03-31
Closing Date: 2021-04-14