Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307748

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Radiation Detection & Nuclear Sciences

Job Description

The National Security Directorate is seeking a physicist to contribute to and lead a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving complex detection systems, optical algorithms and advanced materials properties for ongoing product driven research. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record of developing systems from first principles to actively deployed solutions.

An established reputation in the optics, systems design and modeling is preferred. Breadth of experience in these areas will influence job level. In addition, the candidate should have the ability to build dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams, as well as contribute technically to such teams as an individual researcher. This position may include experimental and theoretical studies with applications including national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation and treaty verification, and nuclear material detection and characterization.

The position will support a range of U.S. government clients, universities, and industrial partners. The selected candidate is expected to contribute independently and in collaboration with project teams and program management. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to augment and expand the National Security Directorate’s client base through their prior experience and collaborations with U. S. government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry. The National Security Directorate supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring and restoration and industrial technology development.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for providing impactful scientific contributions to research projects

  • Responsible for assembling, leading and motivating diverse, cross-disciplinary research teams

  • Manages or leads medium risk projects. Depending on experience may be expected to lead complex or major projects

  • Responsible for successful and compliant project execution

  • Responsible for creative thought leadership and proposal creation in support of business development activities

  • Accountable to the National Security Directorate’s line management structure

  • Accountable to the project management structure for assigned project-specific tasks

  • Technical resource and mentor to more junior staff

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree with 2 years of experience; or Master degree with 0 years of experience PhD with 0 years of experience

  • Degree in nuclear engineering, physics, or other closely related field with a research emphasis on system design and characterization.

  • Must be a technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in nuclear engineering, physics or closely related field with a research emphasis on system design and characterization.

  • Experience working directly on projects for the US government or National Science Foundation.

  • Experience in optical system modeling, materials science, radiation detection and experimental and theoretical studies

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams

  • Strong record of research accomplishments and activities as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successfully funded proposals and scientific community involvement.

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

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.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Handling and use of sealed radioactive sources for radiation detection measurements

  • Occasional travel (domestic and international)

  • Occasional task activities may be performed outdoors in laboratory and/or field conditions

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Radiation Detect & Nucl Sci's

Opening Date: 2018-05-11

Closing Date: 2018-06-25