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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Research Risk Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309299

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Risk & Decision Sciences

Job Description

Do you want to be challenged with hard real-world problems in the areas of national security, environmental responsibility, and energy reliability? Do you want to be the innovator and problem solver that makes our nation safer and stronger? Does the thought of working on cutting-edge applied research around some of our nations top risk and decision topics sound compelling to you? Do you want to work side by side with world class scientists and engineers?

If you answered yes, please join us as a senior staff member in the Risk & Decision Sciences Group. We’re looking for smart, creative and motivated people who have a passion for solving critical national challenges. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking highly qualified candidates with expertise in quantitative risk modeling, and with the drive to apply their skills to an eclectic mix of national challenges. The qualified candidate will become part of a world-class team helping assess and manage the risk to resilient energy production and delivery, to a sustainable global environment, and to effective national security. The successful candidate will also be supporting the development of new sponsor opportunities and the management of risk projects.


  • Have sufficient depth of understanding of uncertainty methods to be comfortable extending them to a wide range of applications, including risk, nuclear energy, cyber security, climate change, national security, natural systems, human factors, renewable energy, regulatory compliance, and complex engineered systems.

  • Interpret standard analytical/engineering theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies, and adaptations of technical alternatives.

  • Assemble multi-disciplinary teams and manage and mentor early career staff in accomplishing reviews and building capabilities in risk assessment and decision science across applicable PNNL groups.

  • Manage technical products for the project to assure that they are delivered with the required level of quality, timeliness, and cost to meet or exceed program manager and sponsor expectations.

  • Publish research and participate in professional activities that advance the reputation of PNNL as a premier S&T institution.

  • Lead proposal teams for developing business, and managing significant projects/programs.

  • Effectively communicate uncertainty concepts and results, including the preparation of high-quality presentations, reports and papers, being equally comfortable with expert or general audiences.


The incumbent will be accountable to:

  • The Risk and Decision Sciences Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within group and projects.

  • Program/Project Managers and Technology Leads for performing assigned project roles and following applicable project and laboratory procedures and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS and 6 years of experience, or an advanced degree and 4+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in a technical field, preferably, although not necessarily, Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, or Economics.

  • Extensive knowledge of and practical experience in use of quantitative risk models. .This would also include an understanding of expert elicitation methods, Monte Carlo analysis, and decision tools.

  • The successful candidate will have a broad range of skills and familiarity with several of the following areas: probability, statistics, decision analysis, risk analysis, modeling and simulation, Multi-Criteria Analysis, and mathematical modeling.

  • Past performance must demonstrate attributes of being self-motivated and self-directed, and must demonstrate experience managing multiple projects and leading interdisciplinary teams.

  • In addition to analytical skills, a successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills and experience in preparing, reviewing, and presenting the results of complex technical reports and recommendation to senior management.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Risk & Decision Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-05-01

Closing Date: 2019-08-28