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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Programmatic Risk Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312203

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Risk and Environmental Assessment

Job Description

Do you want to be challenged with hard real-world problems in the areas of national security, environmental responsibility, and energy reliability? Do you want to be an innovator and problem solver who uses quantitative risk management techniques to make our nation safer and stronger? Does the thought of supporting decision makers by providing risk-based recommendations based on decision analysis tools sound appealing? Do you want to work side by side with world class scientists and engineers, and interface with subject matter experts a variety of fields?

If you answered yes, please join us as an early to mid-career staff member in the Risk & Environmental Assessment Group. We’re looking for smart, creative and motivated people who have a passion for solving critical national challenges using risk analysis techniques. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking highly qualified candidates with expertise in quantitative risk modeling, regulatory risk compliance, and performance assurance, as well as the drive to apply their skills to an eclectic mix of national challenges. Qualified candidates will become part of a world-class team helping assess and manage the risk to resilient energy production and delivery, to a sustainable global environment, and to effective national security.

Job Description:

  • Have sufficient depth of understanding of uncertainty methods to be comfortable applying them to one or more applications, including risk, nuclear energy, cyber security, climate change, national security, natural systems, human factors, renewable energy, regulatory compliance, and complex engineered systems.

  • Conduct quantitative risk analysis, such as Integrated Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis, and use risk assessment results to provide recommendations to decision makers

  • Assist project managers to identify risks, develop appropriate risk characterizations, consult with subject matter experts to construct handling plans, and conduct regular reviews to update risk information.

  • Work independently with oversight, seeking out mentoring opportunities.

  • Develop or contribute to technical risk-related products within the required level of quality, timeliness, and cost guidelines provided by the project manager.

  • Publish research and participate in professional activities that advance the reputation of PNNL as a premier S&T institution.

  • Effectively communicate uncertainty concepts and results, including contributing to the preparation of high-quality presentations, reports and papers.


  • The incumbent will be accountable to:

  • The Risk Analysis Team Lead for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within group and projects.

  • Program/Project Managers and Technology Leads for performing assigned project roles and following applicable project and laboratory procedures and performance of assigned tasks 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:

Level 4: Is a knowledgeable, independent contributor who uses innovative approaches to develop solutions to complex problems within established methods. Works independently, fosters collaboration, mentors younger staff members, and can serve as a task leader on projects.

Level 5: Uses extensive experience and expertise to develop creative or unique solutions to complex problems that may require modification of established methods. Provides oversite and helps grows the skills of other staff, mentors younger staff members, and can serve as a task leader on projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience, or an advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience, or an advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • Degree in a technical field, such as Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, or Economics.

  • Certification in Risk Management.

  • Knowledge of and practical experience in use of quantitative risk models.

  • Knowledge of and practical experience in analysis methods including expert elicitation methods, Monte Carlo analysis, and decision tools.

  • Knowledge of and practical experience in corrective action and performance assurance.

  • The successful candidate will have a broad range of skills and familiarity with several of the following areas: probability, statistics, decision analysis, risk analysis, modeling and simulation, Multi-Criteria Analysis, and mathematical modeling.

  • Demonstrated experience in executing process improvements to existing systems and deploying specialized software.

  • Past performance must demonstrate attributes of being self-motivated and self-directed.

  • In addition to analytical skills, a successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills and experience in preparing, reviewing, and presenting the results of complex technical reports and recommendation to senior management.

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.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Environmental/Safety/Health/Quality

Group: Risk & Environ Assessment

Opening Date: 2021-06-04

Closing Date: 2021-06-25