Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Quality Engineer (Analytical Chemistry) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307819

Directorate: Laboratory Planning & Performance Management (LPPM)

Group: Quality

Job Description

Are you a self-motivated, dynamic professional who is ready to play a role in a major research institution with a mission that serves our Nation? Do you have a desire to enable the accomplishment of significant scientific achievements that could positively impact our world for many generations? Do you possess a strong set of analytical chemistry and quality assurance skills? Do you have the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse set of professionals, building relationships and developing creative solutions? If so, we want to talk to you!

PNNL is a billion-dollar international research institution. Our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries not only change the way people think, they increase our nation's energy capacity and improve our national security, making the world a safer and more secure place. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

This position is primarily responsible for providing quality assurance support for research projects performing work in the Radiochemical Processing Facility, a DOE Category 2 Nuclear facility. This opportunity provides an excellent opportunity to apply your analytical chemistry and quality assurance skills to impact projects that are solving nationally important problems. The ideal candidate will have a very strong quality assurance and analytical chemistry background, possess strong relationship-building skills, and a history of being an outstanding collaborator and contributor in a multi-discipline team setting. The activities of the Quality Engineer are important in achieving quality requirements and objectives for customers working with RPL as well as meeting project management objectives.

  • Translates quality and assurance strategy into specific goals and performance objectives across assigned R&D project or enterprise within area of specialization.

• Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and project, M&O program, or organization objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

  • Works on complex problems and identifies issues, develops innovative solutions, and manages implementation of quality and assurance on large or PNNL-wide (i.e., strategic) projects.

  • Educates and prepares R&D project(s), M&O program(s), CBP Stewards or organization(s) for impact of quality and assurance requirements applicable to their work or area of responsibility at a strategic level within assigned scope.

  • May apply more advanced assurance through statistical methods such as survey sampling, acceptance sampling, statistical hypothesis testing, design of experiments, multivariate analysis, failure mode analysis, and various methods developed in the field of operations research in troubleshooting issues related to quality.

Minimum Qualifications

– Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and 12 or more years of related experience or advanced degree plus 10 years of related experience.

– Demonstrated ability to interpret quality assurance program requirements to applications for analytical chemistry processes.

– Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Five years of experience performing a quality assurance (or related) role in an analytical chemistry environment.

• Demonstrated experience with the development, implementation, execution of ISO 17025, NQA-1 and the Hanford Analytical Services Quality Assurance (HASQARD) consensus quality assurance program. This includes (but is not limited to):

o Defining, implementing and monitoring the execution of QA administrative and technical procedures.

o Writing and reviewing analytical test plans, test instructions, procedures, reports (including sample results and associated quality control sample data as compared to data quality objectives).

o Performing audits and surveillances.

• Knowledge and experience with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

• Possess a high level of Nuclear Quality Standard (NQA)-1 and ISO 17025 knowledge and experience.

• Experience and knowledge in analytical chemistry and associated data quality objectives as well as broad-based background in quality assurance program standards, requirements, techniques and methodologies are required.

• Experience with environmental regulatory sample analysis.

• Some experience performing audits as an audit team member in a nuclear/radiological environment is required.

• Broad-based understanding of quality assurance programs and requirements and program management.

• Professional license and/or certification in a quality, quality assurance or assurance-related area preferred.

• Experience with Data Quality Objectives.

• Certification as a Lead Auditor (past or present) is highly desirable.

• Background in statistics and MS Excel.

• Radiological Worker certification (past or present).

• Understanding of DOE O414.1 D and 10 CFR 830.

• Radiochemical/radio-analytical experience.

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

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.

Other Information

  • Occasional travel may be required.

Directorate: Performance Management

Job Category: Performance Management/Performance Assurance

Group: Quality

Opening Date: 2018-05-29

Closing Date: 2018-11-04