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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors RA - Wireless Communication Researcher in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312630

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Sciences and Technology

Group:Discruptive Technology

Job Description

The Disruptive Technology group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, communications, analytics development, and systems design to serve as a flywheel for feeding technology advancements across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from mission focused, highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.

The DT group is seeking a recent graduate Computer Scientist, Software Engineer or Electrical Engineer to contribute to research and development as well as testing and evaluation efforts involving mobile edge computing and 4G/5G telecommunication systems. The work will include exposure to and an opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills as required by project tasks from completing feasibility and risk assessments, to system development, deployment and integration into operational environments. The successful candidate should have a desire to perform research and / or applied projects or programs.

Staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest. The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic with a mindset for continuous improvement.

The incumbent will work as a technical contributor under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers, and will be responsible for performing the following technical tasks with the level of quality, timeliness, and cost, to meet required project and sponsor expectations:

  • Research and development with 5G systems and mobile edge computing

  • Research and development with Integrating Systems

  • Interest in interpreting and writing standards for communication architectures, cyber security and/or telecommunication protocols

  • Contribute to feasibility studies and mission focused risk assessments of components and systems

  • Contribute to technical proposals, project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers

In addition to high-quality support for clients (both internal and external), a critical part of the position is the ability to quickly and effectively develop and demonstrate skills and abilities that will lead to growth in responsibilities and career progression.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A self-starter with a continuous improvement mindset and a willingness to grow technically as well as professionally

  • Understanding of wired and wireless communications systems

  • Programming experience (e.g., C/C++, Java, Python and/or embedded systems programming)

  • Ability to quickly learn and apply a diverse set of technical skills as required by the task

Preferred Education/Credential

Degree in Computers Science, Software Engineer, Electrical Engineering or related field with an emphasis on communication networks or telecommunication systems is preferred. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred.

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

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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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2021-08-31

Closing Date: 2021-09-28