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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Materials Scientist (Level 2) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309382

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Reactor Materials & Mechanical Design

Job Description

The Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design Group (RMMD) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) advances fundamental materials science and provides the scientific basis for fusion and fission reactor materials development, light water reactor life extension, safe storage of spent fuel, and design of materials and systems for extreme operating conditions. RMMD is a world-class materials science and mechanical engineering organization with more than 40 highly qualified and experienced staff—including internationally recognized scientists and Fellows of professional societies—delivering impactful research for multiple sponsors.

Primary job duties for this position include coordination of experimental research, such as irradiation, post-irradiation examination, mechanical testing, and materials characterization, performed in different organizations, initially under the guidance of a mentor. The applicant must have a good understanding of the interaction of radiation with materials. Experience with experimental techniques in materials research is highly beneficial. The candidate must be capable of correlating physical properties to the measured material characteristics. Initial job responsibilities will include analysis of the data from various experimental efforts in nuclear materials research to generate journal articles and conference presentations. The applicant will work closely with other scientists studying fundamental and applied issues relating radiation damage to materials behavior. Group members publish high quality research manuscripts and contribute oral and written papers at conferences. This candidate must be able to perform these activities as their career develops. The position utilizes both careful and routine duties but also independent problem solving. New ways of doing things are prized. Knowledge of current research and characterization techniques is required and expected. Good oral and written communication skills are required.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities :

  • Contributing professional who is building a professional reputation for technical expertise.

  • Fully applies and interprets standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies within specialty.

  • Independently completes recurring assignments and performs tasks independently.

  • Occasionally trains others on defined tasks and procedures.

  • Exercises limited judgment on work details.

  • Makes preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.

  • Mentors and supports peers and junior staff in technical growth.

  • Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget.

  • Continues developing technical expertise and knowledge. Develops new skills.

  • Provides solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.

  • Assumes technical responsibility for a well-defined task often involving more than one person. Recommends technical approach to solve problems subject to approval by senior staff. Contributes to development of new capabilities within the division.

  • Contributes to technical content of proposals. Markets through excellent performance on projects.

  • Collaborates with highly diverse scientific staff in the operation of general laboratory equipment.

  • Collaborates with highly diverse scientific staff in the preparation of detailed technical reports, journal articles and technical presentations.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates with a M.S. or PhD in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or Nuclear Engineering

  • A strong experimental background in nuclear materials research with experience in the study of radiation effects in materials.

  • Knowledge of various experimental and characterization techniques used in materials research is preferred.

  • coordinating a variety of different experimental efforts in organizations within PNNL and different national laboratories/universities.

  • The candidate must be capable of integrating experimental results with the predictions of theory and modeling.

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

  • Radworker-I training will be required for this position, however prior experience working with radioactive materials is not necessary.

  • The work requires familiarity with chemical and radiological hazards.

  • Other requirement: Having a clearance or the ability to get a clearance.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Reactor Matl's & Mech Design

Opening Date: 2019-05-30

Closing Date: 2019-06-20