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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiation Detection Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310169

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences and 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 is focused on the development of technology and techniques supporting applied radiation measurements. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties, homeland security, national security, and safeguards to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science, novel sensor technology development, radiation-based imaging techniques, non-destructive analysis, and algorithm development including machine learning. The selected candidate is expected to contribute independently and in collaboration with project teams and program management.

We are seeking a scientist or engineer to 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 research and / or testing projects or programs. In addition, the candidate should have the ability to contribute technically on project teams as an individual researcher as well as leading some technical tasks. This position may include experimental and theoretical studies with applications including national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation and treaty verification, and nuclear material detection and characterization.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience

  • PhD with 0 years of experience

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

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

  • Experience Developing Radiation Detection instrumentation

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

  • Experience with applying Machine Learning techniques to radiation detection

  • Experience with Atmospheric sampling for radionuclides

  • Experience with Radionuclide transport in subsurface media

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.

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

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

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2019-11-25

Closing Date: 2020-02-03