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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters Research Associate - Health Physics/Nuclear Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311026

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-masters research associate to support a variety projects through participation and collaboration with multidisciplinary science and engineering teams. The successful candidate will have a combination of coursework, experience, and knowledge in applied health physics and nuclear engineering with demonstrated capabilities in identifying, analyzing, and implementing solutions to radiologic and/or nuclear materials derived challenges in environmental, energy production, national security, and defense field(s).

The candidate will work in collaboration with senior health physicists and nuclear engineering staff in the application of codes, standards, and engineering-based assessments across a diverse range of projects including but not limited to analysis of new designs, modifications to existing nuclear and/or radiologically controlled facilities, energy and security infrastructure, and emergency response and preparedness programs. Work scope will be conducted in both PNNL facilities and may include field locations/travel as required.


The selected candidate will be accountable to the following:

  • Principle Investigators and Project Managers for performing assigned roles and responsibilities, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures.

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

The incumbent will manage and complete recurring project specific tasks under the guidance and support of senior scientists and engineers. The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate technical acumen in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of radiologically based data and processes.

  • Contribute to the production of high-quality technical project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers that communicate the objective, process, results, and conclusions of the research.

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

  • Develop and maintain internal and external scientific networks.

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

  • Exhibit personal responsibility for and commitment to continued career development, performing organizational roles, complying with organizational requirements, and taking action to ensure personal safety and the safety of others is maintained without exception.

  • The preferred candidate will have degree(s) and/or relevant experience in both Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics (e.g., BS in Nuclear Engineering and a Master’s degree in Health Physics).

  • Familiarity with the methodologies, codes, and tools used to conduct radiological and/or engineering assessments associated with the production, use, storage, transportation, release, or potential release of nuclear materials used in the commercial nuclear industry.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Environ Assessment & Eng

Opening Date: 2020-07-28

Closing Date: 2020-08-17