Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate Research Associate - Health Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309073

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Environmental Assessment and Engineering

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Assessment and Engineering group is seeking a full-time post-doctoral research associate supporting a wide-variety of projects through participation and collaboration with multidisciplinary environmental science and engineering teams. The successful candidate will have a combination of coursework, experience, and knowledge in applied health physics, environmental and remediation sciences, and demonstrated capabilities in designing and executing scope related to resource characterization and analysis, environmental modeling, and translation of laboratory and/or modeled simulations to fielded applications. Work scope will be conducted in both PNNL facilities and may include field locations/travel as required.

The preferred candidate will display a working knowledge of the Department of Energy and/or Nuclear Regulatory Commission health physics codes and utilization. Additionally, the candidate will be familiar with the methodologies, codes, and software tools used to conduct radiological dose assessments, atmospheric dispersion, and fate and transport of radionuclides associated with releases or potential releases from radiological sources.


The selected candidate will be accountable to the following:

  • The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within the technical group and project teams.

  • Project and Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.

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.

US Citizenship is required, and the ability to obtain and maintain DOE and DoD security clearances may be a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications

Expectations of the preferred candidate will include data collection, data analysis, and analysis of major variables that influence systems and decisions. In the analysis area, the candidate will provide analytical support in consequence assessments using various tools and software as needed and appropriate. Most work products will involve the translation of data into information that can be used to support decisions by federal agencies.

  • Demonstrated technical acumen in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of environmental and radiological contaminant data and processes for decision makers.

  • Contribute to the production of technical proposals, project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers.

  • Contribute to the growth of new business development opportunities and capabilities for project and program teams.

  • Collaboration with multidisciplinary research staff, and develop and maintain internal and external scientific networks.

  • Establish and maintain high technical quality in laboratory and field research processes and work products.

  • Effective written and oral communication is required as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, multidisciplinary teams.

  • Ph.D. in health physics, nuclear engineering, or radiological science with relevant experience or exposure to environmental modeling and contaminant transport.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Environmental Assmt & Engrg

Opening Date: 2019-03-14

Closing Date: 2019-04-02