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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor - National Security in WASHINGTON, District Of Columbia

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309793

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

Do you want to impact national security? Does addressing our Nation’s most challenging problems motivate you? Come and join us! Pacific Northwest National Laboratory advances the frontiers of science and engineering. As a leader in national security, we possess a longstanding capability in the production of nuclear materials to support our nuclear deterrent and to counter proliferation of nuclear weapons.

We invite you to become part of the Signatures Science & Technology Division. Our mission is to discover the science, develop the technology, and drive operations to neutralize emerging national security threats. Through this mission we strive to:

• Maintain U.S. supremacy in detecting adversaries

• Deter and counter the use of weapons of mass destruction

• Develop science and technology for a radically different conflict landscape.

You will work alongside over 400 staff with expertise in seven technical groups that include fundamental physics, nuclear explosion monitoring, materials science, nuclear material production and processing, biochemistry, explosives detection, and non-destructive evaluation.

The Signatures Science & Technology Division is actively growing our capabilities across our entire portfolio, and we are searching for a highly talented senior technical advisor with experience developing technical and methodological innovations for National Security sponsors and has established relationships with key offices across the U.S. Government, and demonstrated performance as a technical advisor.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

• Serving as a subject matter expert to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Global Material Security (GMS), including being a consultant and advisor to senior GMS leadership and providing strategic guidance to inform programmatic efforts to prevent terrorists and non-state actors from acquiring nuclear and other radioactive materials. Drive information science solutions and collaborate on behalf of the client to identify, exploit and report information of value.

• Supporting the GMS Innovation and Analysis Team to improve GMS’s ability to stay ahead of continuous evolving threats and risks associated with nuclear and radiological terrorism by identifying new and/or novel approaches in the areas of risk analysis, data analytics, emerging technology, strategy and communications. Champion the adaptation of client information and capability sets to other community requirements.

• Drafting classified and unclassified briefings and reports on GMS programmatic activities, threats, and strategy for use by the senior management.

• Coordinating with GMS, NNSA, interagency and Intelligence Community partners to initiate and implement strategies to improve global radiological and nuclear security, and counter the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. Maintain effective and collegial working relations with officials and corporate stakeholders at all levels.

• Supporting GMS program offices – the Office of International Nuclear Security, the Office of Radiological Security, and the Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence – by monitoring and assessing nuclear and radioactive material security threats to inform, influence and lead prioritization and engagement strategies.

• Identifying new business opportunities for PNNL in the sponsor organization and developing/executing engagement strategies to capitalize on these opportunities.

• Providing guidance to the sponsor on organizational engagement strategies to identify and mitigate political sensitivities.

This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and, classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical areas associated with the National Security of the United States.

This position Is located in the Washington, DC area and will require periodic foreign and domestic travel, including travel to Richland, WA and frequent communication with PNNL points of contact. This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearances in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications

• BS 10+ years of experience

• MS 6+ years of experience

• PhD 3+ years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Nationally recognized expert in nuclear nonproliferation

• Demonstrated discretion for working with National Security organizations

• Working knowledge of the GMS mission

• Proven ability to support complex, politically sensitive, internationally critical, and technically challenging projects.

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.

• This position will require the ability to obtain and maintain an enhanced security clearance. Applicants must be U. S. citizens, no dual citizenship, and have no foreign national immediate family members.

• Work location will be primarily in the Washington, DC area, with travel determined by project need.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Opening Date: 2019-09-10

Closing Date: 2019-11-09