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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309668

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Sciences & Technology

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Job Description

Conducts research and development activities using the theories and principles of physics. Investigates the structure and behavior of matter, the generation of energy, and the interaction between matter and energy. Scales of investigation range from sub-atomic particles to complex, large-scale systems. Specific research areas range from the structure and properties of matter; optical, acoustic and electromagnetic system design; nuclear, particle, electromagnetic and acoustic phenomena; and the properties of matter under interrogation or impingement from all these forms of energy. Physicists may design, model, prototype, construct, and operate measurement and/or detection systems. Physicists also develop and advance

detection technology and detector systems deployed internationally and domestically. Physicists may design, model, prototype, construct, and operate radiation measurement and/or detection systems. Physicist routinely engage in complex, data-intensive analysis:

• Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

• Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students.

• Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team.

• Member of external professional community. Presenter at national or international forums. Leads elements or sections of technical products.

Minimum Qualifications

• BS/BA with 2 years of experience, or MS/MA with 0 years experience, or PhD with 0 years experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• A Master’s degree or higher in physics, health physics, nuclear engineering, or mechanical engineering is preferred

• Strong verbal and written communication skills

• Experience with a variety of radiometric counting techniques and detector systems, including HPGe, NaI(Tl), liquid scintillation counting, alpha spectrometry, gross alpha-beta counting

• Ability to independently troubleshoot detector systems

• Experience mentoring or instructing others on radiometric methods/procedures

• Interpersonal skills necessary to work in a team environment

• Ability to contribute to internal and external collaborations

• Ability to work independently in a laboratory environment

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

• Hazards would be those expected in a traditional wet chemistry lab and a counting lab. Safety will be managed through lab safety processes.

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: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Opening Date: 2019-08-08

Closing Date: 2019-08-22