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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Operations Technician in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311637

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Nuclear Operations and Campus Development

Group:Shielded Facilities Operations

Job Description

Shielded Facilities Operations is seeking a Nuclear Operations Technician Level 3 or Level 4. The successful candidate will safely work with radioactive and hazardous material in hot cells, fume hoods, glove boxes and on bench tops. Work will support a wide range of research and development projects. Work will include operation of electromechanical manipulators in hot cells, analytical chemistry, decontamination of radioactive material, preventative and corrective maintenance of radioactive systems, waste management, and logging facility systems status. Work requires precision in following written procedures and conforming to facility conduct of operations.

Level 3: Skilled, fully proficient journeyman level. Has substantial understanding of the job and applies knowledge and skills to complete a wide-range of tasks. Adept at working with highly radioactive materials, is proficient at limiting exposure to ionizing radiation, and rigorously practices appropriate radioactive contamination control techniques. Specializes in designing and operating equipment and systems remotely. Capable of working with a wide range of laboratory instrumentation and equipment.

Level 4: Senior level technician with multiple years of hot cell, glovebox, fume hood, and waste management experience. Recognized authority. Assignments may be wide in scope requiring a broad background of experience or independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues. Makes recommendations for new procedures. Conducts studies and supports non-routine activities in accordance with established procedures. Implements organizational programs. Capable of balancing work on multiple projects, prioritizing work to meet strict deadlines. Completes tasks in creative and effective ways. Contributes to the development of new concepts and techniques. Oversees and implements highly developed techniques in hot cell operations and radioactive contamination control. Advanced techniques are applied to the use of laboratory instrumentation and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 4+ years of relevant work experience, or relevant Associate's degree and 3+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Seasoned radiological worker with several years of hot cell and glove box or fume hood operational experiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 6+ years of relevant work experience, or relevant Associate's degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Seasoned radiological worker with several years of hot cell, glove box and fume hood operational experience.

  • High level of proficiency in remote radiochemical operations, radiological waste management, and radiological contamination control.

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 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.

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.

Closing Statement

  • Routinely works with Radioactive and other Hazardous Materials and Waste.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Shielded Facilities Operations

Opening Date: 2021-02-08

Closing Date: 2021-03-09