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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Software Test Engineer in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310078

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics Division

Group: Software Engineering and Architectures

Job Description

PNNL is seeking to find talented software test engineers who are passionate about the creation of state of the art capabilities and solutions.

Required Skills:

  • Professional experience with programming languages (JavScript, Python, Java, .Net)

  • Ability to write unit tests, automated tests, and performance tests

  • Professional experience as part of a test team

  • Familiar with front-end technologies, REST web services and/or Databases


  • Test and debug new and existing software systems, web interfaces, and/or applications.

  • Automate the test and validation of applications, systems, and processes.

  • Write test plans, reports, and cases.


  • Apply knowledge of software engineering practices (e.g. source control, problem tracking, design principles, etc.) with minimal oversight

  • Take initiative to set personal direction and goals

  • Stay current about industry developments

  • Work collaboratively within a team to execute on the full system development life cycle

  • Maintain or follow quality assurance procedures

  • Demonstrate good time management skills

  • Be able to work with different technologies


  • 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 problemsY

  • 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 goal

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

Level 1: Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

Level 2: Is self directed and capable of leading technical tasks on a project. Demonstrates software engineering best practices, provides mentorship to junior staff, and contributes to technical innovation (open source, lab initiatives, proposals, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 0-1 years of experience, or Masters with 0-1 years of experience. A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 2 years of experience, or advanced degree with 0 years of experience

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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Software Eng & Architectures

Opening Date: 2019-11-05

Closing Date: 2020-01-04