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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Data Engineer in Cyber and Machine Learning - Early Career in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311525

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Data Sciences and Analytics

Job Description

Do you want to create a legacy of meaningful research for the greater good? Do you want to lead and contribute to work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face our Nation? Then join us in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)!

For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced 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 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. Help us advance this frontier and protect our nation!

Data Engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) addresses critical national and global issues by developing data processing/storage systems utilizing cloud, parallel and distributed architectures. We provide capabilities in data modeling and the design, development and deployment of relational, data warehousing, non-relational, and streaming systems. Also focuses on high-performance extract-transform-load processes and big data services.

  • The Data Engineer should have working knowledge in one or more of the following related-skillsets:

  • Data pipeline development (Python, NiFi, Spark, Kafka, AWS Glue, Kinesis)

  • Indexing services or log analysis tools (Splunk, Elasticsearch, Solr, Cloudwatch).

  • Computer networking, protocols, IP packet structure, and capture tools

  • Acquiring/integrating data within a distributed environment (e.g., AWS, Azure, OpenStack, Databricks, Hadoop)

  • Scalable/massively parallel databases (Hive, Redshift, Impala, Athena, DynamoDB)

  • Interest, curiosity and technical depth to support the development and advancement of a variety of applied problems specific to the national security community.

  • Perform basic tasks and activities with minimal oversight in a team environment; interact regularly with team members, principal investigators and project managers.

  • Contribute to multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively in a dynamic team environment with high expectations for quality.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science or closely related field with strong software design and development skills with 0-1 years' experience or a Master's degree with 0-1 years' experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Federal Q Clearance and ability to maintain such clearance.

  • Technical knowledge of data domains specific to cyber security, information assurance, and identifying anomalous computer activity.

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 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: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2021-01-11

Closing Date: 2021-01-18