Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Polygraph Examiner in RICHLAND, Washington
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 309426
Directorate: National Security Directorate
Division: Operational Systems & Technology
Group: Security Systems Optimization
• PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)." NSD provides the tools and technologies to support the detection of WMD, help the United States manage its nonproliferation treaty participation, and secure our nation's borders. Experts in NSD directly support many of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) critical national security operations, including safeguards and security, cyber security, emergency response, and counterintelligence.
• Within NSD, experts in the Security Systems Optimization (SSO) technical group understand that only through a comprehensive look at the entire security operations of the particular site can you ensure that the asset, be it nuclear to people, is fully protected. SSO stewards capabilities in vulnerability assessment, tactical response, and all components of physical protection, including the people component as a critical element. Therefore, in addition to having sophisticated and coordinated security technologies implemented, an organization that has assets that must be protected must train and trust every staff member to defend against threats within that system of protection.
• SSO’s Credibility Assessment Operations Team operates and executes the DOE’s Counterintelligence Polygraph Program. This team of seasoned and highly professional experts conduct polygraph examinations through agency requests, and provide subject matter expertise for credibility assessment research, development, testing and evaluation. In this position you will reside on this team and serve as a senior field polygraph examiner for the DOE Polygraph Program, and conduct Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph (CSP) examinations in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 709), the Federal Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) Examiner Handbook, and other guidance on polygraph examinations as prepared by DOE and the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA). Positions are based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Washington, DC.
• This position is responsible for providing technical expertise, analysis, and publishable products to advance the frontiers of science and address some of the most challenging problems in national security, energy, and the environment. Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources. Anticipates internal and or external business challenges, sponsor and/or regulatory issues; recommends process or service improvements. Identifies and solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the Laboratory. Utilize technical expertise in one or more scientific, engineering, or policy disciplines, determine significance and reliability of incoming information, integrating new information with current data. Evaluate information to determine a recommended course of action. Apply and interpret theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within an area of specialty. Provide domain knowledge and insight on national-level mission needs to multidisciplinary project teams comprised of scientists and engineers.
Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:
• Guidelines are regulatory in nature and include DOE, DOD, and PNNL level policies. You will routinely make judgments from the interpretation of sparse guidance and inference to polygraph. You will apply broad knowledge of intelligence policies and directives with limited existing polygraph guidance to authorize or validate specific polygraph testing procedures best suited to the existing circumstances. You will develop an appropriate plan of action from a variety of available options. You will assess results and propose strategies designed to meet the unique requirement of individual cases and makes subjective evaluations about the detailed procedures and actual methodology applied to the conduct of intelligence polygraphs. You will be empowered to make decisive interpretations on the nuances of applied procedures.
• You will work independently and with others and maintain open communication lines with the project lead and quality control staff. The relationship and communication between field examiners, the quality control staff and the project lead are critical to maintaining a professional workforce with highly ethical climate. You will need to seek consensus, full understanding, and support for the program's vision, values, and principles.
• You will act as an independent contributor, fully functioning and fully knowledgeable of the theory and principles of the specialized field of polygraph examination. You will use innovative approaches to develop solutions to complex counterintelligence problems within established policy. You will work with assigned senior examiners to develop individual skills as a field examiner associated with conduct of counterintelligence polygraph examinations and mission planning.
• You will report to the Credibility Assessment Operations Technical Team Lead and be accountable to the Polygraph Project Manager and Polygraph Project Lead. You are expected to represent the skillset and provide briefing of the capabilities of the Polygraph Project.
• Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience, or an advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.
• Graduate of the NCCA Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Program.
• U.S. Citizenship
• Assignment at this level requires a technical proficiency of the professional skills and principles associated with polygraph. You must be fully knowledgeable of all applicable polygraph methodologies including evaluation of polygraph charts (physiological data), test question construction, selection of test methodology, and effectiveness of post-test questioning. Four years or more experience in the counterintelligence polygraph field, including two years performing quality control reviews of polygraph examinations. General polygraph knowledge and expertise gained through subject areas such as law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, pre-employment applicant screening, and/or polygraph testing.
• You must be knowledgeable of current polygraph theory and principles; and associated aspects of human psychology and physiology. Proficient in determining employment of polygraph countermeasures and the use of appropriate measures to counter them. You must have strong interviewing and interrogation skills and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. You are expected to have self-motivation, possess good judgment and decision-making, planning, teaming, and problem-solving skills.
• You need to be knowledgeable of the federal polygraph standards and able to interpret and apply standards to all federally recognized testing formats. Knowledgeable of the current federal test data analysis (TDA) criteria and able to independently and objectively implement TDA procedures. Within 6-12 months from the date of hire, you must be current with regards to the continuing education requirements of the Federal Polygraph Continuing Education Certification Program.
• You must have already completed or have the ability to successfully complete a counterintelligence scope polygraph. You must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE "Q" security clearance and other special accesses as required, and in a timely manner. These criteria must be met to obtain a federal security clearance:
o Successful 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.
o Negative Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions, i.e., subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
o Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.
• Preferred proficiency in the use of the Lafayette computerized polygraph instrument. Preferred proficiency in the use and routine troubleshooting of office electronic devices (MS Windows-based computers and applications, printers, copiers, etc.).
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
• This is a full-time, salaried, project-specific position. This position requires the ability and willingness to travel for business purposes between 10% and 50% of the time. Future project funding and exam workload changes could result in a change of duty location.
• The work schedule is dictated by project needs and must fall within the core business hours Monday-Friday between 6:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Exceptions to this work schedule must be approved by both the Line Supervisor and Project Manager. The position will on occasion require work or travel during Saturday or Sunday, and at irregular hours.
• Due to the nature of the polygraph examination, the position may be subject to stressful situations. You will be expected to manage those situations professionally and expertly to maintain safety and security, and attain program goals.
• Physical demands are limited to sitting, standing, talking, occasionally pushing/pulling/lifting up to 50 pounds and climbing multiple building levels via stairways. You will be required to speak clearly and articulately for long periods of time during polygraph interviews.
• Position requires successful completion of an initial 6 – 12 week training period at the Albuquerque Test Center (ABQTC) location, including conducting a minimum of 25 exams under the supervision of a mentor/monitor during the training period.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
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: Security Systems Optimization
Opening Date: 2019-06-03
Closing Date: 2019-09-05