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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory National Security Analyst - Linguist in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310506

Directorate: National Security Directorate

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!

The Analyst/Linguist in national security should have the following attributes:

  • Possess technical proficiency and work experience in at least one of the foreign language(s) sought and demonstrate that development as documented through education, work experience, and publication history.

  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and utilize expertise in one or more languages to determine significance and reliability of incoming information, and integrate new information with current data to complement research needs of data scientists.

  • Knowledgeable and able to apply appropriate methods, tools, or technologies in areas including technical translation, publication, language training or curriculum development, and stakeholder engagement.

  • Proficient (reading, writing, and listening) in one or more foreign languages, including Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Somali, Persian Farsi, Korean, Turkish and other languages as missions and needs evolve

  • Professional experience contributing to strategic plans, supporting senior-decision making, preparing budget documents, and informing strategic messaging.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Certification may be preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Federal security clearance (Q or TS), and ability to maintain such a clearance

  • Coursework, knowledge, or experience in one or more of the following is preferred: Quantitative/Statistical analysis; Data modeling or data science; Cyber security; Computer science; Engineering; Chemistry; Biology; Physics; Social network analysis; Metadata analysis; Research methodology; Curriculum development; Topical or Regional studies relevant to national security

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

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-02-13

Closing Date: 2020-04-13