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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Safety Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310361

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Campus Development and Nuclear Operations

Group: Nuclear and Criticality Safety

Job Description

The Nuclear and Criticality Safety Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment supporting challenging and interesting nuclear Research and Development (R&D) projects with national and international impact. We are seeking a Nuclear Safety Engineer with a strong technical background and proven ability and competency to: (1) prepare and evaluate nuclear safety hazards and accident analyses; (2) anticipate, recognize, and monitor issues in nuclear and radiological safety analysis associated with the work and work operations in an R&D environment; and (3) prescribe compliant and creative methods to resolve nuclear safety issues.

The 325 Building Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (325RPL) is a DOE Hazard Category 2 non-reactor nuclear facility where the majority of nuclear R&D activities are performed at PNNL. The successful candidate will be responsible for documentation and implementation of safety analyses associated with the 325RPL Documented Safety Analysis (DSA), assure compliance with the Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs), perform unreviewed safety question (USQ) evaluations, and train facility management and staff in support of implementation of these safety basis documents.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 3: Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities in area where assigned as SME.

Level 4: Demonstrates leadership by translating strategy into specific goals and objectives. Works on unusually complex problems and provides solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious. Identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities both within and outside of area where assigned as SME.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

  • The ability to obtain Radiological Worker I qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification may be preferred.

The individual must possess strong technical and operational experience in safety analysis and nuclear safety, preferably in an R&D environment; must be self-motivated and self-directed; and recognized as a technical expert. Proven writing and verbal communication skills are required. The incumbent must possess good negotiation skills and must be able to effectively communicate with a variety of levels of staff and external DOE clients in providing effective and compliant solutions to safety analysis/nuclear safety issues. The incumbent must also have experience in preparing complex technical procedures, reports, assessment responses and correspondence for internal and external DOE customers. In-depth knowledge and a history of successful implementation of DOE ES&H and Conduct of Operations regulations, policies, programs and standards are preferred.

A strong background in the interpretation and application of DOE requirements for development and implementation of nuclear safety analysis, the unreviewed safety question process, and technical safety requirements is required. The position also requires the individual to understand nuclear safety requirements in the context of R&D activities, R&D operations and R&D management systems. The individual should have experience with the development of hazards and accident analysis associated with nuclear facility safety bases. The individual should be capable of writing robust nuclear safety implementing procedures and providing all levels of training necessary to implement changes to the safety basis.

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.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Environmental/Safety/Health/Quality

Group: Nuclear & Criticality Safety

Opening Date: 2020-01-27

Closing Date: 2020-03-11