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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Scientist - Nuclear Explosion Monitoring in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310817

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences and Technology

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Job Description

If you want your legacy to have meaningful impact on national security and work in support of an organization that addresses today’s most challenging problems facing our Nation, then come and join us! Pacific Northwest National Laboratory advances the frontiers of science and engineering. Right now, our national security mission faces a challenge: technologies on the horizon will fundamentally change the nature of great power competition. The Signature Science and Technology Division’s mission is to discover science, develop technology, and drive operations to neutralize emerging national security threats. The Applied Radiation Detection Group is one part of our organization focused on verification of international treaties, specifically nuclear explosion monitoring.

A major area of research and development is integrated gas processing and nuclear detection methods. We support sponsors with needs ranging from highly applied projects that develop integrated systems to fundamental science projects that explore next generation methods. Low technology readiness research in the areas of gas collection, separations, purification, nuclear detection, quantification, integrated process control, novel sensor technology development, and complex data analysis routines for in-the-field measurement systems is a key driver for the group’s success.

We seek a highly experienced senior scientist with extensive experience in the development of fieldable gas collection and analysis systems. This candidate will be a nationally recognized expert in the area of system design and integration, although an international reputation is strongly preferred. Experience with the U.S. National Data Center and/or radio-nuclide analysis is highly preferred. As the successful candidate will be expected to work with an established team and grow research and development in this area, strong team-building and mentoring skills will also be required.

The candidate must have a proven track record of:

  • Developing new technical approaches and advancing state of the art concepts at a national or international level.

  • Proven leadership involving research staff at national laboratories, academia, industry, and professional societies.

  • Mentoring staff at all career levels; specifically, mid- to senior-level technical staff.

  • Conceiving, planning, and executing R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments.

  • Leading in the funding, planning, and technical execution of multiple complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory.

  • Demonstrating strong relationships with multiple funding sponsors and manufacturing sectors.

  • Possessing a high impact in the field of complex systems development; sought out to contribute to seminal works defining the foundations of the field, participating in peer reviews, invited talks at the national and international level, and a record of significant technical products.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree with 15+ years of experience beyond the doctorate degree is preferred.

  • Experience working directly for or with the U.S. National Data Center is highly preferred.

  • Experience working directly on integrated gas processing systems projects for the DOE/NNSA at one of the DOE National Laboratories.

  • Expertise in integrated systems development with a focus on process integration.

  • Expertise in beta-gamma coincidence nuclear detection and data analysis algorithms.

  • Expertise in developing, analysis, and testing of in-the-field systems for the detection of atmospheric radioxenon and radioargon for National Security nonproliferation efforts.

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

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

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • Occasional handling and use of sealed radioactive sources and special nuclear materials

  • Occasional task activities may be performed outdoors in laboratory and/or field conditions.

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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Radiation Detection

Opening Date: 2020-09-08

Closing Date: 2020-11-13