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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Software Test Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311435

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Software Engineering and Architectures

Job Description

PNNL is seeking to find talented software test engineers who are passionate about the creation of state of the art capabilities and solutions.


  • Automate functional tests wherever possible.

  • Work closely with developers and product owners

  • Attend regular scrum meetings, prioritize and plan QA/functional testing as well as other tests as necessary

Required Skills:

  • Professional experience with programming languages (JavaScript, Python, Java, .Net)

  • Ability to write unit tests, automated tests, and performance tests

  • Professional experience as part of a test team

  • Familiarity with CI/CD

  • Familiar with front-end technologies, REST web services and/or Databases

  • Good communication skills


  • Test and debug new and existing software systems, web interfaces, and/or applications.

  • Automate the test and validation of applications, systems, and processes.

  • Incorporate automated test within the CI/CD process

  • Write test plans, reports, and cases.

  • Track bugs/issues and work with developers to resolve them and re-test


  • Apply knowledge of software engineering practices (e.g. source control, problem tracking, design principles, etc.) with minimal oversight

  • Take initiative to set personal direction and goals

  • Stay current about industry developments

  • Work collaboratively within a team to execute on the full system development life cycle

  • Maintain or follow quality assurance procedures

  • Demonstrate good time management skills

  • Be able to work with different technologies


  • You want to work in a lively environment full of scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts who love learning and thinking creatively

  • You want to have impact on people's lives and national security problems

  • You want to work in an environment where diversity and equality are highly valued

  • You want to build novel solutions to complex problems

  • You are independent in your every-day work, and self-directed in your career goal

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

Level II : Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level III : Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science or closely related field with strong software design and development skills with 2 years' experience, or a master’s degree with 0 years' experience, or a Ph.D. with 0 years’ experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science or closely related field with strong software design and development skills with 5 years' experience, or a master’s degree with 3 years' experience, or a Ph.D. with 1 year experience.

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

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: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Software Eng & Architectures

Opening Date: 2020-12-08

Closing Date: 2021-03-08