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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technologist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310623

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group:Nuclear Chemisty & Engineering

Job Description

The candidate will conduct research and development activities including standard technical procedures that range from routine to specialized, under technical supervision. Operates in laboratory workspaces equipped with fume hoods, glove boxes and with specialized instrumentation in order to conduct research.

  • Job Complexity – Solves problems that are sufficiently complex to require novel or unique solutions and typically involve a new or emerging technology. Requires the demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership and review. Evaluates alternative approaches and develops experimental or design plans. Principal contributor in developing specific project requirements from concepts. ¿

  • Knowledge – Regularly uses applied engineering or scientific principles to solve complex engineering or scientific problems. Leads research and engineering projects or large tasks. Coordinates the tasks of others. Monitors project and task work of multiple junior staff. Mentors staff in their area of expertise.

  • Discretion – Exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to their assignments. Tasks or projects are performed independently. Work reviewed for effectiveness of results. Contributions are of major significance to accomplishment of projects or attainment of group objectives. Leads technical projects or very large tasks to requirements of project leader. Structures and writes or contributes to analytical results, methods, and procedures. Is often a contributing author on publications. Effectively develops and delivers technical presentations for symposiums and conferences.

  • Interaction – Contacts pertain to significant matters often involving coordination among groups, including internal and external clients, state and federal officials at varying levels. Demonstrates the ability to build consensus across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and/or interest groups by articulating the strategic alignment of the organization. Exerts positive influence for the Laboratory's advantage in all circles. Functions as a project lead and gives direction to other exempt staff.

This position resides in the Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering Group which supports the Hanford Site cleanup, river corridor protection, nuclear materials stewardship, non-proliferation missions, the nuclear fuel life cycle, national security missions, and energy production; and is engaged in expanding the beneficial use of nuclear materials. The candidate will conduct laboratory work in support of irradiation sciences, irradiated materials research and engineering. Will also perform the following duties:

  • Provides oversight of technicians. Leads mentoring and training of senior technician staff and supports identification of succession candidates. Inspires commitment and grows the skills of others.

  • Skillfully performs technical procedures ranging from routine to specialized, under technical supervision.

  • Identifies and leads efforts to develop new procedures and methods for complex, non-routine irradiated materials research.

  • Independently perform data collection and reduction and maintain proper documentation.

  • Design, set up, test and operate test equipment/instruments.

  • Lead technical tasks and subtasks.

  • Work with radioactive, non-radioactive and hazardous materials on the benchtop and in fume hoods and glove boxes.

  • Work with sealed radioactive sources and irradiator systems.

  • Assist in the design, building and operation of experimental systems, conduct analysis/data collection, and assist in data reduction and reporting.

  • Be expected to perform physical and/or analytical measurements following strict QA/QC protocols.

  • Train, guide and mentor junior technical staff.

  • Be given primary responsibility for selected duties such as waste management and chemical inventories.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience or advanced degree and 3+ years of relevant work experience.

  • High school diploma and extensive relevant work experience (10+ years) coupled with certifications may be substituted for the degree requirement under some circumstances

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with radiological materials and/or sealed radioactive sources.Strong computer, communication, and writing skills

  • A fundamental knowledge of chemistry laboratory operations

  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) sample prep and SEM operation/data collection.

  • Experience in handling sealed sources and irradiator systems for instrument calibration and dosimetry testing.

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:

  • There will be occasional off-shift work evenings, nights and weekends.

  • Heavy lifting, up to 40 lbs., will be needed occasionally.

Closing Statement

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

  • US 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 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 for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Nuclear Chem & Engineering

Opening Date: 2020-03-06

Closing Date: 2020-05-01