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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiological Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312679

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Radiation Protection

Group: Radiological Services

Job Description

At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we value human life above all else and strive to provide a workplace free of occupational injuries and illnesses. We value the environment and strive to protect it, the public and future generations from unacceptable risks resulting from its operations. PNNL fulfills these commitments through active identification, evaluation, prevention, and management of hazards and by striving to comply with the letter and spirit of all environmental, safety, and health laws and regulations. The Environment, Health and Safety business unit of PNNL contributes to operational success by providing efficient and effective systems, processes, tools and services that enable staff to conduct their work in a safe, compliant and environmentally sound manner. Our staff, research and operational processes work together to produce outstanding results for our customers.

As an indispensable partner in delivering safe, compliant, and efficient outcomes in support of Laboratory operations, science, research, and technology, the Radiological Engineer assists with the implementation and continuing improvement of the PNNL radiation protection program. The position provides a key interface with science and technology staff partners, delivering subject matter expertise to facilitate successful project outcomes with high levels of performance. The Radiological Engineer works closely with staff to ensure successful radiation protection program implementation for a myriad of projects, provides radiological risk management strategies, assures operational readiness, and develops creative solutions to complex activities utilizing radioactive material and/or radiation generating devices.

On a relief basis, the incumbent may direct day-to-day operations of Radiation Protection support including: scheduling, sample priority, sample and/or records management, quality assurance, and customer interface. The position oversees Radiation Protection Technologists assigned to the facility, reviewing and approving technical work documents and Radiological Work Permits to ensure proper controls are established to mitigate hazards. This position will manage and/or participate in the effective conduct of occurrence/event/condition and Radiological Problem Report investigations, analysis and corrective actions, and implements safeguards and security using approved work control processes, tools and procedures. The position advises management of potential radiological control problems, determines routine surveillance needs, develops and administers RPT work schedules and performance requirements; maintains professional, respectful, work environment free of harassment and/or intimidation.

Perform the role of Radiation Protection Duty Supervisor and serve as an on-call (24/7) single point of contact for all Laboratory Radiation Protection matters while performing this role (approximately nine weeks per year).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Advanced degree and 8+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 15+ years of relevant experience.

  • Advanced degree and 13+ years of relevant experience

  • CHP certification strongly preferred

  • Consistent with DOE-STD-1098, reading and comprehension skills are necessary for radiation safety training. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required for this position.

  • Previous/current experience in first line supervision of radiation protection technician/technologist staff.

  • Registration with the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists preferred.

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) strongly preferred.

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

  • Occasional hands-on work with radioactive material, work in radiation fields, and involvement in radiological emergency response is required.

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: Operational Systems

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Radiation Protection

Opening Date: 2021-09-10

Closing Date: 2021-10-01