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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USNMP Program Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312208

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences & Technology

Group: Detection Physics

Job Description

The Ultra-Sensitive Nuclear Measurements Program (USNMP) guides the lifecycle of PNNL research and operations in¿ ultra-pure materials for radiation detection¿. By developing detection systems and analytical techniques to make ultra-sensitive measurements, USNMP addresses challenges across National Security, Environmental Science, and Fundamental Physics¿. The foundation of the Program is a team recognized nationally and internationally for their scientific leadership, creativity and operational excellence.

PNNL is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual to serve as a National Security Specialist, providing direct support to the leadership team of the Ultra-Sensitive Nuclear Measurement Program (USNMP). Aspects of this role include:

  • Monitoring and coordinating communication amongst a complex mix of internal and external stakeholders – this will include identifying and surfacing actions and priorities for senior staff, planning meetings, and “switchboarding” stakeholder communications to PNNL experts across domains with significant and complex relationships

  • Developing processes and procedures to improve Program execution to include procedures, logistics strategies and implementation plans for the program.

  • Leveraging knowledge of the domain to support the development and implementation of strategy.

  • The incumbent will be expected to

  • Take actions and implement plans as directed by the USNMP leadership team.

  • Exercise sound judgement in identifying and elevating actions and priorities to the USNMP leadership team.

  • Be able to use and apply standard principles to address business and organizational issues.

  • Follow standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.

  • Identify opportunities for improvement within existing practices.

  • Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders.

  • Communicate effectively with program leadership and staff to support the execution and stewardship of project work.

  • Work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Highly tuned organizational skills, with the ability to organize one’s self as well providing organizing principles to others.

  • Demonstrated ability work with a diverse set of project personnel to accomplish a goal and gather input/deliverables from staff with no direct authority over them.

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to perform as a team member on multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize commitments and work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment with high expectations for quality.

  • Possession of an active DOE Q clearance.

  • Extensive working knowledge of PNNL customer service model, policies, procedures and practices.

  • Considerable experience working in a complex security environment.

  • Demonstrated initiative with an entrepreneurial, ‘can-do' spirit.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and versatility with an ability to understand issues from multiple points of view, but also possess a bias toward action with an ability to follow through on implementation.

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: Safeguards and Security

Group: Detection Physics

Opening Date: 2021-06-04

Closing Date: 2021-06-22