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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Nuclear Monitoring in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311305

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group:Applied Radiation Detection

Job Description

The Applied Radiation Detection (ARD) Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is focused on the development of technology supporting applied radiation measurements. 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 a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving radiation detection systems, methodologies, and algorithms. The successful candidate will be called on to perform the following duties during their daily routine:

  • Participate in the development, design, implementation, fabrication, and characterization of radiation detectors

  • Analysis of radioactive spectra to calculate efficiencies, activities, and concentrations

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.

Position requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in the following is preferred:

  • Proficiency with radiation detector hardware and radiation detection instrumentation

  • Nuclear data analysis and gamma spectroscopy

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in programming (Python, ROOT, Fortran, C++, Geant4, MCNP)

  • 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 Physics, Nuclear Engineering; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in related field with demonstrated experience in radiation detection. 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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2020-10-19

Closing Date: 2020-12-31