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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Experimental Plasma Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309490

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Applied Physics

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an experienced experimental plasma physicist. Areas of particular interest include low-temperature plasma physics, plasma heating, ion-cyclotron resonance plasmas and diagnostics, ion focusing and particle transport. The successful candidate will work with multi-disciplinary teams spanning experiment and simulation, and will have the opportunity to lead technical tasks in projects across various sponsor/application spaces..

Desired Skills

• Demonstrated experimental experience producing low temperature (1-2 eV), steady-state plasma columns of varying densities;

• Demonstrated familiarity with the design and safe operation of superconducting magnets, ion-electron cyclotron systems, and ultra-high vacuum systems;

• Demonstrated experience with software packages for experimental control, data acquisition, data reduction and data analysis (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB);

• Familiarity with diagnostic technologies and methods for low-temperature plasma systems;

• Familiarity with modeling tools relevant to steady-state, low-temperature plasma systems;

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

• Demonstrated experience in managing interdisciplinary teams consisting of scientists, engineers, and technicians.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 4: Holds leadership role in professional community. Organizes and chairs sessions at national meetings of professional societies. Lead author or developer on a significant number of technical products. Recognized by sponsors and collaborators for delivery on important programmatic elements.

Level 5: Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

• BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience or Phd with 3 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

• BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience or PhD with 5 years of experience

• Advanced degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field;

• U.S. citizen with willingness to obtain a U.S. security clearance

• Ph.D. in plasma physics with 10 years of experience in the design, development and operation of lab-scale plasma systems;

• Demonstrated experience in leading multi-organization collaborations in experimental plasma physics.

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: Applied Physics

Opening Date: 2019-06-20

Closing Date: 2019-10-18