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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory UI/UX Design Engineer II in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312392

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing & Analytics

Group: Visual Analytics

Job Description

About Us

PNNL is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work-life balance. Dynamic, adaptable people come to PNNL to work with other like-minded individuals on high-impact projects and initiatives for the U.S. Department of Energy and many other sponsors. They focus on meaningful work, innovation, and outcomes. At PNNL, you’ll find a positive, fast-paced environment and excellent benefits, including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, flexible work schedules, and hybrid workplace (telework) options.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is looking for a dynamic Software Engineer in UI/UX. For more than 50 years, PNNL has been advancing the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL’s Computing and Analytics Division, part of the National Security Directorate, is committed to advancing the state of the art in artificial intelligence through applied machine learning and deep learning to support scientific discovery and our sponsors’ missions.

The Visual Analytics Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a User Experience Designer to help support our cross-functional project teams, building software applications and data visualization tools for national security and energy stakeholders. As a UX designer at PNNL, you will collaborate with world-class scientists, researchers, business stakeholders, agile software development teams, and end-users to create world-class user experiences. You will collect user requirements through subject-matter expert interviews, user interviews, and workshops. You will design well-documented concepts, wireframes, user-flows, high-fidelity mockups, interactions, prototypes, and design specifications throughout the product life-cycle. You will help broaden the impact of user experience design through business development, internal and external outreach, and mentoring of junior staff. The ideal candidate will demonstrate Design leadership and strong knowledge of user-centered design principles and present a clear rationale for design decisions through a robust portfolio of useful, useable, and desirable designs.

This position requires interactions with government, military, and industry officials nationwide for a variety of programs, projects, and tasks, including technical and programmatic concept development, planning, coordination, integration, and execution that can be supported by data science and deep learning techniques.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate and provide design leadership of multi-disciplinary teams to define user interaction and workflow models for research and product features

  • Lead project teams to turn observational data and user requirements into creative solutions

  • Interact with government customers to define requirements and demonstrate user-centered design vision.

  • Write and manage use cases that inform design decisions

  • Design innovative solutions to make complex information and interaction as simple to understand as possible

  • Establish new visual design systems, develop new design standards or work within existing style guides depending on project needs

  • Design high-quality visual assets that can be leveraged in large complex software environments

  • Lead and author design specifications and other artifacts to aid in research and development

  • Create interaction scenarios and storyboards to communicate design ideas

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience -OR- Relevant Associate’s degree and 6 years of relevant work experience or High school diploma and 10 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, or related field.

  • 2+ years of experience with designing user driven applications (web applications, mobile applications, etc.)

  • 2+ years of experience with creating wireframes and visual mockups

  • 2+ years of experience with using design software, including Axure or Sketch

  • Ability to provide an online portfolio or samples at the time of interview

  • Experience with creating prototypes

  • Experience with HTML, JavaScript, CSS a plus

  • Active Federal Q Clearance and ability to maintain such clearance

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

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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: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Visual Analytics

Opening Date: 2021-07-20

Closing Date: 2021-10-18