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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory WMD Nonproliferation Legal Analyst in WASHINGTON, District Of Columbia

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309548

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems Technology

Group: Global Security Technology Policy

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks an individual to provide legislative and regulatory analytic support to PNNL’s ongoing work to promote international chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials security and nonproliferation. The successful candidate will join the Global Security Technology and Policy Group, a group of 50 research analysts, scientists and program managers, who support a variety of Federal sponsors working to develop solutions for Federal Sponsors. This is a full-time salaried, exempt position.

This position requires familiarity with general principles of international law from law school introductory coursework in international law. Familiarity with foundational arms control and nonproliferation agreements, such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, would be an advantage. Candidates should have an interest in supporting development of recommendations for implementation in national legislative and regulatory frameworks of CBRN materials security and nonproliferation. General familiarity with or experience in programs and activities of U.S. federal agencies in these mission areas would be an advantage. Candidates should able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities related to client management, project management, communication, technical writing. The selected individual will be immediately involved in PNNL’s activities in these areas, providing technical support on a variety of tasks across a range of projects, subject matter, and activities.

The candidate will provide support, as an individual contributor, to a variety of projects within the overall program scope. Domestic and International travel is required. It is anticipated that the candidate will undertake an array of assignments for multiple federal agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, and State. The candidate should have interest in legislative and regulatory analysis for CBRN materials security and nonproliferation, project management, and contributing to multidisciplinary teams comprised of internal and external stakeholders. The candidate will be directly involved in regulatory cooperation activities with international partners, including national governments and international organizations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In these engagements, the candidate should be interested to build his or her own technical expertise in coordination with and under the supervision of management and senior staff from PNNL.

• Perform technical activities related to legislative and regulatory analysis as directed by PNNL program/project managers.

• Assist in the development and delivery of training for international partners on legislative and regulatory development for CBRN materials security and nonproliferation, including on topics such as international nuclear safeguards, strategic trade controls, and counterproliferation finance.

• Support the development and implementation of new technical activities for federal programs, particularly those involving regulatory development cooperation in the areas of CBRN security and nuclear safeguards.

• Carry out assigned project activities, including research and analysis, training delivery, documentation, performance tracking, and reporting. Interface with PNNL project team leadership, project management support and contracts staff to implement assigned project activities.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience.

• Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• The candidate should be able to demonstrate basic technical literacy in selection and application of principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization relevant to PNNL’s work, such as arms control, nonproliferation, international law, or area studies.

The candidate should have a beginning- to intermediate-level understanding of theory, principles, practices in the legislative and regulatory aspects of CBRN security and nuclear safeguards, as documented through education, work experience, and publication history.

The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated abilities in public speaking and in writing both technical and lay documents in a clear and understandable manner.

• A Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Degree, with completion of courses on administrative law, international law, and/or nuclear law, is preferred, though candidates with an advanced degree with concentrations in Public Policy, International Affairs or Nuclear Security may be considered.

Prior work experience at or on behalf of U.S. federal agencies to strengthen international regimes or frameworks for security or implement foreign technical assistance is preferred.

• Technical knowledge or training on specific CBRN-related subject matter, such as science and engineering, international supply chains and strategic trade control regimes, counter-proliferation finance, or CBRN weaponry or delivery systems would be an advantage, though is not required.

• Professional or advanced proficiency in a foreign language would be an advantage, though is not required.

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

Up to 50% travel, Domestic and International.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Global Security Tech & Policy

Opening Date: 2019-07-03

Closing Date: 2019-07-31