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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310980

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 apply machine learning techniques to these research areas and called upon to perform the following duties during their daily routine:

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

  • Apply Machine Learning techniques to radiation detection and other fields related to national security

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

Demonstrated experience in the following is preferred:

  • Excellent skills in applied machine learning, deep learning, statistics

  • Physics and/or nuclear engineering background

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

  • Deep domain knowledge and willingness to grow into machine learning expert.

Preferred Education

Ph.D. in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in related field with some Physics knowledge. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher preferred.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

  • Handling and use of sealed radioactive sources for radiation detection measurements

  • Occasional travel (domestic and international)

  • Occasional task activities may be performed outdoors in laboratory and/or field conditions

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.

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: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2020-07-07

Closing Date: 2020-08-06