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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WMD National Security Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309030

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Job Description

Provide technical expertise in the development, operation and implementation of security systems, operational security, nuclear material safeguards, vulnerability assessments, risk analysis, security policy, and critical infrastructure protection.

Apply specialized knowledge of equipment and technologies deployed for physical security, WMD counter-proliferation, and interdiction operations. Develop and implement training, exercises, procedures, logistics strategies, concept of operations, planning, and assessment techniques and tools associated with the deployment, operation, maintenance, and sustainability of these systems.

Conduct assessments, evaluations and analysis of these systems to support troubleshooting, forecast reliability and sustainability challenges, and identify opportunities for technological or operational enhancements. Utilize breadth and depth of knowledge related to national and international safeguards and security policies and guidelines in the development and implementation of security strategies.

Areas of emphasis include program planning and management, system design and analysis, tactics and training, requirements definition, and operational sustainability. Serve as a technical subject matter expert for procurement, installation and maintenance of integrated systems, including identification of R&D opportunities associated with next generation security systems, counter-proliferation and interdiction technologies.

Communicate with a wide range of federal, state, and local authorities regarding policies, requirements, and conduct of operations both domestically and internationally.

  • This position supports border security weapons of mass destruction (WMD) interdiction efforts for the Department of State, as well as protective force training for the National Nuclear Security Administration. These efforts train personnel from foreign governments in protective force operations, physical security, tactical response, border security operations, and interdiction of illicit materials by smugglers, as well as security assessment projects associated with critical infrastructure assets such as transportation, electric grids, and oil/gas pipelines

  • This is a full-time, salaried position. In this position you will work independently and with others and it is critical to maintain open communication lines with the project lead and team. The relationship and communication between project team members and the project lead are critical to maintaining a safe, secure, and highly ethical work environment. You will need to seek and act in consensus, full understanding, and support for both PNNL’s and the program's vision, values, and principles

  • Also in this position you will often work side by side with the project sponsors and other collaborators in the field, including international collaborators.It is imperative that PNNL is represented as an ethical, knowledgeable, and reliable technical resource at all times

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 plus years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 8 plus years of relevant experience.Professional license and/or certification may be preferred

  • You are expected to have self-motivation, ability to work successfully in a team, possess good judgment and decision-making, planning and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • A technical degree or have specialized advanced training in related fields is preferred

  • U.S. Border Patrol operational experience, including experience in border security officer professional development and training/instructing.Additionally, preference for:

  • Specialized skills in human tracking, behavior analysis, green border interdiction and search techniques, land navigation, and ad hoc checkpoint deployment

  • Knowledge of border security operations, especially air, maritime, or UAS operations (drone), in support of border security operations

  • Knowledge and experience in temporary and fixed vehicle checkpoints

  • Knowledge in unattended sensor deployment and response

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

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.

Additional Information:

  • This position requires the ability and willingness to travel for business purposes that varies between 20% and 60% of the time

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Opening Date: 2019-07-03

Closing Date: 2019-07-30