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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiation Detection Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309418

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences and Technology

Group: Detection Systems

Job Description

The Detection Systems (DS) group is a collection of cross-disciplinary physicists, chemists and engineers (nuclear, electrical, mechanical and software), focused on the development of technology supporting applied radiation measurements. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties and national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science and novel sensor technology development and machine learning algorithms.

The DS group is seeking a scientist who will contribute to a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving radiation detection systems, methodologies and algorithms for threat detection and isotope identification, and data analysis. The successful candidate should have experience in leading radiation detector research, development, and testing projects. The candidate should also have the ability to contribute technically on project teams as an individual researcher as well as leading technical tasks.

The successful candidate will be a Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. The candidate will also select and develop technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. The candidate will also be expected to work independently to complete recurring assignments and define/lead project work at a small task/project level, reporting results to the larger team on time and within budget. The candidate will be expected to contribute to proposals to acquire funding and embrace expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years of experience or a Master's degree with at least 3 years of experience or PhD with at least 1 year of experience are required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Degree in nuclear engineering, physics, nuclear engineering, chemistry, or other field with an emphasis on radiation detection is preferred

• Previous post-doctoral experience or experience working at a DOE National Laboratory

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Experience managing tasks with budget and deadline requirements

• Previous technical experience that may include one or more of the following

o Experience Developing Radiation Detection instrumentation

o Experience using and testing gamma-spectrometry systems for radionuclide detection

o Experience with applying Machine Learning techniques to radiation detection

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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Detection Systems

Opening Date: 2019-05-28

Closing Date: 2019-06-27