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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Operations Technical Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310171

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate (OSD)

Division: Nuclear Operations

Group: Shielded Facilities Operations

Job Description

As a member of the Shielded Facilities Operations group, directly supports research and development work within the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). Nuclear Operations Technical Specialist who provides oversight, integrates resources, coordinates field work and supplies a level of technical authority for hot cell, glovebox, and fume hood operations within the RPL. Execution of this position requires experience and knowledge to work with high-activity nuclear materials. Work must meet 10 CFR 830 regulatory and nuclear safety basis requirements. The position is expected to implement an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of technical work documents associated with hot cell and glovebox operations. Other duties include planning and managing work schedules and interfacing with R&D personnel, leading and directing multidisciplinary teams, evaluating proposed changes to safety significant equipment, reviewing field documentation, and serving in various support assignments critical to RPL operations. These assignments may include management of classified material, Cognizant Space Manager (CSM), Criticality Safety oversight, fissionable material handling, waste management, Transportation of nuclear materials, and maintaining hot cells and gloveboxes available for operations needed to support research and development.

  • Meets work items per schedule. Implements solutions to problems affecting radiological hot cell and glovebox work with nuclear materials. Conducts assessments. Reviews documents for accuracy and completion. May be assigned to revise procedures.

  • Frequent use and application of technical work documents are used to look ahead for problem issues. Takes on support assignments such as Cognizant Space Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 0-2 years of relevant experience. A combination of education and relevant hot cell operations experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years working in a nuclear facilitiy utilizing electromechanical manipulators

  • Certified fissionable material handler

  • Experience as a PNNL Safeguards and Security Material Balance Area custodian

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Must be able to qualify as a Radiological II Worker

  • Working in radiologically and chemically contaminated environments including airborne radioactive contamination areas that require the use of respiratory protection.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Shielded Facilities Operations

Opening Date: 2019-11-26

Closing Date: 2019-12-15