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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technical Advisor- Performance Assessment in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311040

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group:Environmental Assessment and Engineering

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Assessment and Engineering Group is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor responsible for providing technical leadership and direction to projects and programs addressing the life-cycle management of engineered systems used to produce, store, transport, and dispose of commercial nuclear materials. The incumbent will possess extensive experience with design, testing, and validation of systems and facilities used in commercial nuclear materials management (fuels, disposition, storage, disposal), and is expected to be fully cognizant of strategies and methodologies to incorporate this knowledge within the Federal regulatory and licensing environment. In addition to the preceding, the incumbent will:

  • Work with EED Senior Managers (Chief Science and Technology Officer, Market Sector Managers, Division Directors, Technical Group Managers, and Project Management Office Directors) to design and implement programmatic strategies, utilizing existing PNNL capabilities in S&T directorates, and partnerships with other national laboratories and industry to meet DOE and commercial mission objectives for life-cycle management of commercial nuclear materials.

  • Inform and support business development activities, interact with senior executives of representative sponsors, and collaborate with PNNL senior leadership to identify and shape future R&D opportunities.

  • Work across PNNL to identify next generation capabilities, staff, and investments needed to meet DOE mission objectives.

  • Develop and grow relationships with other DOE labs, research institutions, and industry to collaborate on large-scale projects of importance at a national scale.

  • Conceive, develop and implement actionable strategies that enable PNNL to deliver cutting edge solutions to DOE missions in collaboration with industry and other national laboratories.

  • Mentor and guide junior to senior level staff through project and programmatic leadership to develop their technical and leadership competencies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering with 12+ years’ experience

  • MS in Engineering with 8+ years’ experience

  • PhD in Engineering with 5+ years’ experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated program and project leadership experience across the back-end of the once-through nuclear fuel cycle, including spent nuclear fuel storage, transportation, and disposal.

  • Strong understanding of national and international policies and regulatory frameworks for the management of spent nuclear fuel.

  • Demonstrated experience with providing review and synthesis of complex challenges associated with engineered and natural systems used for life-cycle management of commercial nuclear materials.

  • Demonstrated experience building external collaborations with leading research organizations, national laboratories, universities, and industrial partners.

  • Demonstrated experience working with Federal DOE Office’s including but not limited to Office of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Office of Environmental Management.

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional organizations, such as ASTM, ASME, and/or ANS.

  • Proven ability to create and execute strategies, identify and interact with key stakeholders, prepare program proposals, and generate future R&D or mission application directions.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral skills; the ability to effectively lead interdisciplinary teams, and a strong orientation toward advancing the state-of-the-art technical capabilities.

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.

Closing Statement

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

  • Ability to obtain and retain a Federal Security Clearance (Q).

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Systems Science

Opening Date: 2020-07-29

Closing Date: 2020-08-08