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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Process Development Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311824

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group:Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

The Advanced Energy Systems group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Process Development Engineer to contribute to the creation and demonstration of innovative solutions to problems of national significance in energy, global climate change, and national security. The Advanced Energy Systems group has a history of developing new processes and process intensification technologies to serve industrial clients, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. The position responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide technical leadership in the areas of advanced process development and process intensification; specifically in the areas of separations, chemical conversions, and heat pumps. Technical reputation is expected both inside and outside of PNNL, via publications, participation in national and international conferences, and other contributions.

  • Support and lead the design, construction, and testing activities for new process technologies, along with subsequent scale-up efforts. These responsibilities include experimental planning, development of safety documents, and interpretation of generated results.

  • Technical contribution through problem-solving, innovation, and creativity, including the production of ideas that are marketable and/or patentable.

  • Ability to work independently, including planning and executing work scope and completing deliverables on time and within budget, with safety as a priority.

  • Serve as Principle Investigator and/or Project Manager on projects or tasks. This includes guiding and mentoring junior staff.

  • Grow existing funded research programs, including development of relationships with key clients and collaborators in industry, academia and other national laboratories.

  • Prepare and present technical reports.

  • Deliver on assigned project tasks and meet project deliverables on time and within budget.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Process Development Engineer level 3:

Established local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction. Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level. Developing external reputation. Building effective project teams with membership across a group, S&E domain and/or directorate. Contributing to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

Process Development Engineer level 4:

Expert in at least one S&E domain and the ability to connect multiple domains. Sought after within PNNL for technical leadership to set technical direction. Using established cross organizational network, external peers, and clients to further outcomes. Leading organizational teams that proactively identify and promote new capabilities within a division and S&E domain, and advance the directorate strategy. Mentoring staff and peers across directorate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience.

The ideal candidate will be a well-organized, self-starter, with a high capacity for attention to detail. Verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills, are essential in order to balance activities among several concurrently operating projects. The following are additional qualifications preferred for the position:

  • Professional Experience: The successful candidate must demonstrate having experience working with a diverse set of people on project teams. The candidate must possess strong analytical and communications skills, both oral and written, and be able to clearly communicate the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of their research. Excellent technical writing skills and a track record of published peer-reviewed journal articles is desired, along with the ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals to government and private clients.

  • Technical Expertise and Breadth of Knowledge: The successful candidate must have demonstrated ability in leading advanced process development in one or more of the following areas: gas or liquid separations, microchannel heat exchangers, catalytic reactors, or heat pump technologies.

  • Must be proactive in the research community, knowledgeable of research advancements in science and industry, and maintain skills consistent with state of the art. Specifically, the candidate must be able to perform an analysis of technical results and apply technical principals and theories for the development of new processes and their application.

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering or related preferred.

  • Currently holds a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance.

  • Broadly recognized expertise in chemical process development, preferably with industry experience.

  • Experience working with a diverse set of government and/or industry teams with multiple roles as principal investigator on significantly complex and/or high-risk projects.

  • Excellent technical writing skills and a track record of peer-reviewed journal publications.

  • Ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals to government and private clients.

  • Fundamental understanding of system-level thermodynamics, heat and mass transport, and application experience via computational fluid dynamics and related tools (e.g. COMSOL).

  • Experience in advancing basic knowledge of a technology and/or advancing technology’s readiness for deployment or commercialization.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required with the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2021-03-16

Closing Date: 2021-04-15