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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Software Engineer/Team Leader in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311568

Directorate: Communications & Information Technology

Division: Sofware Engineering

Group: Application Support Services

Job Description

The Invitation:

Come and work for a billion dollar international research institution. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

The Position:

This role is about leveraging technology by utilizing dynamic and innovative solutions with a simple and focused mission around building, improving, and maintaining IT systems and applications for PNNL’s Software Engineering Division. The position will enable cross team collaboration on the design and implementation of solutions to meet the needs of the laboratory. The position will be accountable for the vision, direction, and implementation of Software Engineering architectural principles and fundamental building blocks for use in developing solutions necessary for major improvements and new developments.

About us:

Our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries not only change the way people think, they increase our nation's energy capacity and improve our national security efforts, making the world a safer and cleaner place.

Located in Richland, Washington, and part of the Tri-Cities community at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers, residents enjoy abundant water recreation, award-winning wineries, and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Far enough away from Seattle and Portland to avoid their rain and daily traffic jams but close enough to visit and enjoy their arts and culture. We're in the perfect position to choose between hiking and snow skiing in the Cascade Mountain range, world-class windsurfing in the Columbia Gorge, or camping in Hells Canyon. Perhaps these are among the reasons the Tri-Cities area is among the top 10 metropolitan growth areas for jobs in the United States, and why Money Magazine included it among its Top 100 Places to Live in America.

About you:

Are you a talented software professional who is ready to play a central role in the development of business critical technology? Do you obsess with finding the right way – and believe that simplicity is genius and perfection is the enemy? Have you demonstrated the ability to be a contributing professional who has started to build a reputation for technical expertise – and want to work in an environment where you are expected to grow at a fast pace? Have you provided innovative solutions to a wide range of complex and ambiguous problems with minimal supervision? Are you experienced in all phases of the software development lifecycle and have a clear understanding of software development best practices? Do you have a fearless, positive attitude, and the way in which you achieve success is consistent with the PNNL values of Courage, Integrity, Impact, Collaboration and Creativity? Do you possess the desire to keep abreast of industry trends with the ability to apply those trends in your work? Are you a passionate leader that takes interest in the development and well being of your team? If so, then we would like to talk with you about the current openings in our software engineering group.

Envisioning Success:

Success in this role means delivering results through strong leadership and a relentless focus on what’s best for our users. Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of co-workers and the team you lead. Success is believing that you and your team have a positive impact on the research and development efforts at a national laboratory and that your work makes a difference with our clients and users.

  • Demonstrate technical and people leadership as part of an agile development team that delivers incremental features to a wide range of products;

  • Collaborate effectively on diverse teams (e.g., Portfolio / Project managers, domain experts, users, and software engineering team) to design and deploy innovative business information systems across the enterprise;

  • Provide individual and collaborative contributions to software development projects across a broad range of technologies and subject areas;

  • Utilize software engineering best practices through the entire software development lifecycle and recommend changes in development, maintenance, and system standards;

  • Demonstrate strong domain expertise, foster a healthy culture of innovation and an ethical code of conduct, and steer the team technically.

  • Provide career development coaching, mentoring, and feedback to ensure team members have appropriate technical, business and operational skills, training, and experience. Promote a healthy organizational culture through a supportive and inclusive work environment.

  • Serve as a role model for quality, safety, and security performance. Maintain an understanding of the activities and work scope executed by the team and monitor changes to ensure work remains as authorized.

  • Build strong relationships with peers, upper management, and other relevant internal/external stakeholders.

  • Advocate for staff members, as well as assist team members in forming and maintaining strong professional networks.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • Assimilate knowledge quickly in a variety of domains;

  • Continuously scanning the software development landscape for new technologies and methods to achieve results that can be incorporated into the enterprise;

  • Provide customers with a professional experience when requesting application development and support.

  • Effectively work with technical resources of various skills to achieve development and operations objectives, maintaining current skills and capabilities, and ensuring adequate cross-training on product expertise.

  • Manage the adoption and adaptation of emerging technologies to meet changing business requirements and opportunities.

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

Senior Software Engineer / Team Leader level 3:

  • Demonstrating specialization in at least one related technical domain and setting technical direction within the team.

Senior Software Engineer / Team Leader level 4:

  • Expert in at least one domain and the ability to connect multiple domains. Demonstrate ability to provide leadership and set technical direction across multiple teams.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience. A high school diploma or GED plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Senior Software Engineer / Team Lead level 4: BS/BA with 7 years of experience MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience. A high school diploma or GED plus a minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

  • Experience managing software engineering teams

  • Experience leading interviewing and hiring activities for software engineering staff and/or contract positions

  • Experience developing with React/Redux

  • Experience with containers and contrainer orchestration platforms

  • Experience with the following tools (Jira, Confluence, Visual Studio)

  • Experience developing systems using Clean Architecture, Domain Driven Design, and Event Driven Architecture

  • Experience leveraging Agile methodologies especially Scrum

  • Experience with Cloud Native Development (Azure)

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks such as React, Backbone, or Angular

  • Experience developing APIs and RESTful Web Services

  • Experience with iterative development practices such as Agile or Scrum

  • Experience with ASP.NET Core, C#, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, JSON

  • Experience in the development of complex software systems using industry best practices

  • Knowledge and experience in applying software design patterns

  • Knowledge and experience in applying layered architecture patterns

  • Knowledge of secure coding best practices

  • Experience with DevOps, Automation, and Continuous Integration and Delivery tools and practices

  • Exceptional communicator with both technical and nontechnical audiences

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to lead and motivate technical teams

  • Customer service oriented and approachable

  • Deliver results with highest level of professionalism and integrity

  • Passionate about mentoring and developing staff

  • Experience with creating automated unit tests

  • Knowledge of cloud development services and technologies

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 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

  • Full Remote /Telework options available for this position.

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required.

Closing Statement

While internal candidates are required to complete the Pre-Screening questions included in the application process, they do NOT need to resubmit information regarding eligibility to work in the United States. Likewise, internal candidates do NOT need to complete an additional background check EXCEPT in those situations where a Security Clearance is required and the staff member does not have a Security Clearance.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Software Engineering

Opening Date: 2021-01-22

Closing Date: 2021-03-22