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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Radiation Protection Technologist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312368

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Radiation Protection

Group:RP Support - RPL

Job Description

  • Senior Radiation Protection Technologist

  • Provide contamination and radiation exposure control.

  • Perform or direct surveys where procedures have not been established or where unusual conditions are expected or when film and special detection equipment are used.

  • May direct and train others.

  • Performing routine radiological surveillances in lab spaces

  • Performing radiological surveys in support of work with radioactive materials

  • Providing contamination and radiation exposure control

  • Performing air sampling in accordance with laboratory procedures

  • Responding to emergency situations

  • Working in accordance with standard procedures and Radiation Work Permits

  • Performing monitoring, surveying, and sampling in lab spaces as well as outdoor environments

  • Performing direct surveys where procedures have not been established or where unusual conditions are expected or when special detection equipment is used.

  • Must successfully complete the biennial written test and oral board to qualify as a Radiation Protection Technologist

  • This individual will mentor various disciplines of laboratory personnel working with radioactive materials.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of health physics or radiation protection related employment.

  • High School education or equivalent.

  • AS degree in Nuclear Technology or equivalent, or previous experience as a Navy Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT), or equivalent previous experience as a Radiation Protection Technologist.

  • Fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and science. Normally, high school mathematics through advanced algebra, and at least one semester of high school Physics and one semester of high school Chemistry.

  • Fundamentals of nuclear process systems, operations, and maintenance.

  • Reading and comprehensive level sufficient to follow procedures, prepare survey maps, and write survey reports.

  • Ability to work in a support role, including communicating verbal instructions to others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years of health physics or radiation protection related employment.

  • Certification by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists is highly desirable.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Familiarity with standard office suite and radiation protection-related software applications.

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

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.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

Will work in laboratory spaces used for research with various chemicals as well as radiological materials. This position requires the use of protective equipment during routine work as well as worked planned for special circumstances.

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

Working near or with hazardous materials such as Asbestos, Beryllium, Magnetic Fields, or Radiation Zones.

Job assignments may involve working near hazardous materials such as nuclear, fissionable, and dangerous waste.

Position may be subjected to working around radiation, chemicals, asbestos, lasers, carcinogens, and other material in a laboratory environment.

Physical requirements: Must be medically qualified, or be capable of qualifying, to wear approved respiratory protective equipment (air purifying respirator, airline respirator, etc.) Must be able to bend, kneel, and climb a ladder.

Closing Statement

This is a bargaining unit position and will be under the Battelle/HAMTC Labor Contract. As a condition of employment, unless otherwise exempted, the staff member will be required to join the appropriate union affiliated with the Hanford Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) after 30 days of continuous service and pay union dues or pay agency fees to such union in lieu of joining.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Radiation Prot Programs

Opening Date: 2021-07-14

Closing Date: 2021-08-13