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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Process Research Technician in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311280

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) has a history of developing innovative solutions to problems of national significance in energy, global climate change, and national security. The Advanced Energy Systems group is currently seeking a Process Research Technician. The position will support PNNL scientists and engineers in the development of new materials and processes associated with advanced conversions, separations and power generation. The candidate will be responsible to multiple projects, supporting test planning, set up, execution, and data analysis. The significant quantitative dimensions of this position include:

  • Assisting in the development of and following written procedures for operating laboratory test systems involving high pressures, low temperatures, electromagnetic and chemical hazards.

  • Documenting work in laboratory notebooks and recording and processing data acquired from testing.

  • Developing new equipment designs and processes using 3D CAD software, such as SolidWorks.

  • Chemical, materials and equipment purchasing.

  • Accurately estimate time required to complete tasks, and meet deadlines as assigned.

  • Participating constructively and taking ownership in the success of interdisciplinary project teams.

  • Interfacing with crafts personnel and outside vendors in the process of fabricating devices and acquiring hardware.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 6+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate‚Äôs degree and 4+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Operating knowledge of a variety of processing equipment, such as pumps, motors, thermocouples, pressure transducers, etc.

  • Mechanical aptitude necessary for assisting with or directing the assembly of complex laboratory test systems.

  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written, and the ability to clearly communicate objectives and results.

  • A solid understanding of how to develop and follow safety planning procedures for industrial equipment and processes.

  • Demonstrated successful project or task management experience.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Knowledge of laboratory process equipment, such as mass flow controllers, thermocouples, pressure transducers, and gas chromatographs

  • Familiarity with fabrication methods, such milling, sheet metal, EDM, welding, brazing, and soldering

  • A working knowledge of data acquisition and controls, preferably LabView.

  • Familiarity with electrical and control systems and the ability to troubleshoot.

  • Design experience with 3D CAD systems, preferably SolidWorks.

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.

Closing Statement

  • Laboratory work performed will include assembly and operation of equipment in an industrial laboratory setting, involving cryogenic, flammable and toxic materials.

  • This position will require the ability to work hours beyond normal working schedules, including some evenings and weekends.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2020-10-12

Closing Date: 2020-11-01