PNNL Careers

Non-Proliferation Arms Control and Policy Analyst

Safeguards and Security

Job Description

Job ID: 307636
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory seeks an individual to provide technical project support and policy analysis for a variety of federal sponsors, including the Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the State Department and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This position requires the individual to support technical developments, assessments and evaluations for federal programs, working with Global Security Technology and Policy Group, and supporting the Treaties & Agreements Team.

This is a full-time salaried, exempt position as a member of the Global Security Technology and Policy Group; the position(s) is located in Richland or Seattle WA. The candidate will provide support to a variety of projects within an overall program scope of approximately $30M annually, supporting a range of activities with an annual budget of $500K-$1M. The candidate will be expected to fulfill the role of primary Principal Investigator for technical/policy projects within the programs supported by the federal sponsors above.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Overall responsibilities will be determined based on candidate skills and experience, as well as available programmatic activities and funding. The candidate may provide technical and program management support on various projects tasks pertaining to arms control, safeguards and nonproliferation R&D, including proposal and work scope development, task and project planning and management, execution of research in laboratory and office settings, sponsor engagement, and reporting. The selected individual will be immediately be involved in PNNL’s considerable activities in nuclear safeguards, nonproliferation, arms control verification and international engagement. This work may involve occasional domestic and international travel. The candidate will also be expected to collaborate with colleagues and staff throughout PNNL and the national laboratory complex.

Responsibilities may also include leading tasks in areas of arms control and nonproliferation policy analysis, technology development, future arms control and nonproliferation regime-level systems evaluation, nuclear security cooperation, and leveraging quantitative research methods into confidence assessment of potential technical solutions. In this capacity, the candidate will utilize his or her own technical knowledge, supplemented by management and staff from PNNL, to prepare technical reports, provide technical support for strategic planning and business development activities, and support technical and policy analysis activities focusing on the aforementioned topics.

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

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in a policy or technical discipline with 8 years’ experience, or Master's degree and 6 years’ experience.
- Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise, interpreting guidance and fully applying standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

- Task/project management and sponsor management experience, particularly any experience with NNSA sponsors or the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Knowledgeable in areas including nuclear engineering, quantitative analytical methods, arms control and nonproliferation technology and policy analysis, exercise development, task management, non-destructive assay, modeling and simulation.
- Possess technical proficiency in the field of nonproliferation, arms control and/or safeguards and demonstrate that development as documented through education, work experience, and publication history.
- Experience in the field of nuclear security, nonproliferation, arms control, and/or safeguards policy and/or engagement.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307636
Directorate: National Security
Division: Operational Systems & Technology
Group: Global Security, Technology & Policy

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.