Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jobs

Job Information

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technician in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310603

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Technology

Job Description

PNNL is seeking a laboratory technician to join a team of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers working to strengthen national security and advance nuclear science. The ideal candidate will have hands on experience in metallurgical processes and operating research equipment including induction melters, abrasive and metallurgical saws, and vacuum systems. At PNNL, a laboratory technician is expected to conduct research and development activities including standard technical procedures that range from routine to specialized, under technical supervision and operate in laboratory workspaces equipped with fume hoods, glove boxes and specialized instrumentation in order to conduct research.

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

  • Experience working in a laboratory setting is required

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse, multidisciplinary teams is required

  • Ability to follow procedures to the letter is required

  • A demonstated track record of safe laboratory work practices, secure handling of information, and strong operational rigor is required

  • Familiarity working with complex instrumentation is required

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma and 4+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 2+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with radioactive materials and nuclear science/technology

  • Experience with metal casting operations

  • Familiarity with Solidworks or other CAD software

  • Experience with furnaces for heat treating, homogenizing, and melting

  • Experience with saws for metal cutting

  • DOE L or Q clearance holder

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

  • The incumbent must be able/willing to work with hazardous chemicals and/or radioactive materials

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: Global Nuclear Science & Techn

Opening Date: 2020-03-10

Closing Date: 2020-05-09