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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiation Detection Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311691

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences & Technology

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Job Description

The National Security Directorate (NSD) within PNNL strives to develop and deploy innovative solutions to meet mission critical needs of the U.S. and its strategic partners as we seek to ensure the achievement of our national security objectives.

The Applied Radiation Detection (ARD) Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is 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, novel sensor technology development, and machine learning algorithms.

The ARD Group is seeking candidates who will contribute to a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving applications of radiation detection and measurement in varying environments. Candidates to be hired will have related background knowledge and an eagerness to learn, but the most appealing candidate will be called upon to perform the following duties during their daily routine:

  • Application of radiation detection and measurement in varying environments

  • Willingness to learn and apply machine learning principles to these problems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience

  • PhD with 0 years of experience

  • Excellent skills in applied machine learning, deep learning, statistics

  • Physics and/or engineering background

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, or other field with an emphasis on radiation transport (eg. radiography, detection)

  • Previous post-doctoral experience, or experience interning or 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

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

  • Experience developing radiation detection instrumentation, in particular mobile and aerial systems

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

  • Strong proficiency in programming (eg. Python, MATLAB, Git, Fortran, C++)

  • Monte Carlo Simulation (eg. Geant4, MCNP)

  • Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem-solving skills

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

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Handling and use of sealed radioactive sources for radiation detection measurements

  • Occasional travel (domestic and international)

  • Occasional task activities may be performed outdoors in laboratory and/or field conditions

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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2021-02-20

Closing Date: 2021-05-15