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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Applied Radiation Detection in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311667

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science and Technology

Group:Applied Radiation & Detection

Job Description

The Applied Radiation Detection (ARD) Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides technical leadership and expertise with radiation detection technologies to solve challenging problems affecting national and global security. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties and national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science, novel sensor technology development, and machine learning algorithms.

The ARD Group is seeking postdoctoral candidates who will contribute to new standoff radiation detection and quantitative radiography projects. The successful candidate will be called on to perform the following tasks:

  • Use advanced modeling and simulation tools to design detection systems

  • Design and execute laboratory experiments and assist with field measurement campaigns

  • Develop quantitative radiography algorithms that utilize physical models to anticipate radiography system responses

  • Design, build, and operate experimental X-ray radiography systems

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Candidates must have the ability to obtain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in the following is preferred:

  • Setup and use of commercial detector systems

  • Development of analysis algorithms for a variety of detection problems, including radiation imaging, X-ray and neutron radiography, and radiation detection

  • Nuclear data analysis and gamma spectroscopy

  • Radiation transport simulation and analysis with Geant4 or MCNP

  • Modeling of optical photon transport

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively via technical writing and oral presentation

  • Proficiency in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, ROOT, C++)

  • Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem-solving skills

  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment

Preferred Education

Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or Physics; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in related field with demonstrated experience in imaging/optics and related data analysis. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2021-02-15

Closing Date: 2021-03-08