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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Software Engineer in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310993

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Visual Analytics

Job Description

Like building web apps, creative user interfaces and interactive data visualizations using modern web libraries? How about implementing and optimizing the back-end services to be scalable and highly performant? We are looking for talented software engineers who enjoy working on teams developing Full Stack applications. You may do front-end, you may do back-end, you may do both!

We are the Visual Analytics group; we make sense out of data through human computer interaction, data wrangling and interactive visualizations. Have you ever wanted to see the distribution of car dealerships in your area that offer the best deals? Perhaps you want to know which news sources present the least bias in their work. Do you know the optimal layout of a regional power grid? Or even your home sprinkler system? Data analysis and visualization is how we help people answer those kinds of questions. Do you think in pictures? Do you try to find interesting ways to render data you encounter? We want to talk to you.


  • If you're a Front-end developer, you'll work in tandem with our talented User Experience team to develop novel web-bases User Interfaces using modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks

  • If you're a Back-end developer, you'll design and implement back-end services in Node.js, Java or .NET connecting to various data sources and other analytic services in support of those User Interfaces

  • If you're a Front-end developer, Back-end developer, Full-stack developer, or anywhere in between, you'll:

  • Interact with complex datasets from a variety of domains: energy generation and distribution, molecular structures, open-source information, biochemical technologies, medical applications, CybserSecurity

  • Develop unit and integration test cases across multiple tiers of the application

  • Work closely with researchers, sponsors, teammates and subject matter experts to rapidly build, test, and deploy new capabilities


  • Independently implementing a reusable graph visualization using D3 to visualize power grid connectivity across the United States

  • Contributing multiple modules to a React application that visualizes different dimensions of a CybserSecurity dataset

  • Implementing an algorithm published in a journal for free-text analysis

  • Optimizing a suite of REST services to improve scalability and reliability for deployment in a semi-production environment


  • You want to work in a lively environment full of scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts who love learning and thinking creatively

  • You want to have impact on people's lives and national security problems

  • You want to work in an environment where diversity and equality are highly valued

  • You want to build novel solutions to complex problems

  • You are independent in your every-day work, and self-directed in your career goals


  • If you're a Front-end developer, experience working with relevant technologies like React, D3, Leaflet, SCSS, Javascript, and Typescript

  • If you're a Back-end developer, experience working with REST services in Node.js, Java, or .NET. Experience with relational databases, NoSQL data stores, or cloud services is a plus

  • Security clearance from the United States government or ability to be approved for one

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level I : Applies basic S&E theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight. Working locally as an individual contributor. Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Work is conducted with a high standard of quality, safety, and security. Contributes to technical products such as: Topical Reports, Peer-reviewed Publications, patents/intellectual property, Software/Data Artifacts, Hardware/Materials/ Electronics Artifacts

Level II : Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience or MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, preferably Computer Science-related degree

  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience, preferably Computer Science-related degree

  • PhD with 0 years of experience, preferably Computer Science-related degree

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: Visual Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-07-13

Closing Date: 2020-10-11