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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Operations Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311492

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Chief Operating Officer

Group: Operations Office

Job Description

The primary role of the National Security Directorate (NSD) Operations Office is to integrate operational capabilities, requirements, and solutions across NSD and the Support Organizations to enable and enhance effective and efficient project execution in support of the NSD mission. This position:

  • Integrates operational capabilities, requirements, and solutions across Research and Support Organizations to enable and enhance safe, effective and efficient project execution in support of the Lab’s mission.

  • Maintains situational awareness of both operational needs and emerging regulatory requirements, providing analysis of options and recommendations to mitigate exposure to operational risk and reduce the frequency of operational upset conditions.

  • During upset conditions, assists management in the identification and implementation of immediate actions. This may include leading or participating in critiques, accident investigation, participating in causal analyses, and identifying and managing corrective actions and lessons learned.

  • Evaluates the need for and provides necessary Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to line management, staff, and Project Management Offices to assist with project planning, assessment activities and risk identification and mitigation.

  • Supports day-to-day work being conducted in research and operations spaces including planning for contractors, crafts personnel, and/or visiting researchers as well as the utilization of equipment, systems, and capabilities within their assigned spaces.

In addition to the generalized expectations listed above, the incumbent will also perform the following specific tasks:

  • Conduct risk reviews in the Electronic Prep & Risk system – reviews safety questions with Project Managers and approves operations risk for Project Management Office 71

  • Provide oversight to Lab Assist and Integrated Operations activities (activity planning, assessments, routine operating envelopes, hazard analysis)

  • Represent NSD management for lab space related issues, including overseeing equipment and project start ups

  • Communicate R&D needs to Facilities & Operations staff (building managers and engineers)

  • Mitigate the impact to R&D activities during outages, facility modifications, etc.

  • Interface with Facilities staff to assure appropriate lab modifications and other needed facility changes to support operational needs are completed and meet R&D needs

  • Provide Division Directors, Group Leaders, and Team Leaders with information necessary to determine lab space strategy

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

Level 4 : Can successfully work on complex operational problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative. Understanding of Operational Excellence principles. Knowledge of performance assurance and issue management process, and F&O processes. Can interact with directorate staff and management to provide broad operational guidance and support. Functions as an interdisciplinary operational lead and gives operational direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff.

Level 5: Influences Laboratory operations policy and sets operational direction across organization. Uses innovative ideas to enhance operational culture and performance. Knowledge of Operational Excellence principles, performance assurance and issue management process, and F&O processes. Creative and assertive in forming solutions to technical problems. Exercises judgment in operational and performance assurance methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Demonstrates the ability to build consensus by articulating the strategic alignment of the organization. Provides oversight of other staff. Inspires commitment and grows the skills of others.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (science preferred) and 8+ years of relevant experience or

  • Advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (science preferred) and 10+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Certification may be preferred.

  • Certification may be preferred

  • Position requires Rad Worker 1 training (the position will enter radiological areas)

  • Experience working in a similar role at a National Laboratory or other DOE site, or research complex with a significant inventory of laboratory spaces (e.g., university)

  • Experience with relevant PNNL systems (e.g., EPR/IOPS/Lab Assist)

  • Excellent communications 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

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • Required to enter working laboratory spaces where a variety of hazards may exist (chemical, biological, mechanical, radiological, etc.)

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Operations Office

Opening Date: 2021-01-04

Closing Date: 2021-02-01