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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Plasma Diagnostics and Spectroscopy in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309735

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Technology

Job Description

PNNL is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to support laser and plasma spectroscopy research. The position will involve laboratory experimental research on spectroscopy of atoms, ions, and molecules in laser-induced plasmas, and development of analytical techniques and instrumentation based on this research. The position will include planning, executing, analyzing, and documenting research tasks with minimal supervision. Experimental techniques will include laser ablation using nanosecond and femtosecond lasers, plasma diagnostics (emission spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, charged particle analysis etc.), high resolution spectroscopy using tunable lasers etc. The position will also include simulation and modeling of atomic and molecular spectra. The candidate will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific conferences. The successful candidate should demonstrate an interest and aptitude for working effectively in dynamic, multi-discipline teams. This position will support nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear safeguards and security, and nuclear material detection and characterization goals of the US Government. The research group seeking to fill this position supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring and restoration and industrial technology development. Projects within the research group work range from highly applied projects in support of U.S. Government to fundamental research and novel technology exploration.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

The qualified candidate must have an academic background in lasers, optics, spectroscopy, plasma physics or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with laser and plasma spectroscopy, plasma diagnostics and plasma modeling. The position requires experience in planning, constructing, and executing complex laboratory experiments using individual optical components and laboratory instruments. Experience with software packages such as LabVIEW or MATLAB for experiment control, numerical modeling and simulation, and data analysis is required. The candidate must have demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by publications in journals and presentations at professional conference. The successful candidate must also exhibit strong interpersonal skills, creativity, initiative, and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse teams.

Preferred Education

The successful candidate must possess or soon possess a Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or other related field.

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

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Tech

Opening Date: 2019-08-28

Closing Date: 2019-10-27