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Radiation Detection Scientist, Level 1


Job Description

Job ID: 307994
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Detection Systems group is seeking a scientist or engineer to contribute to a wide variety of research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts involving radiation detection systems, methodologies and algorithms for threat detection and isotope identification, and data analysis. The successful candidate should have experience in research and / or testing projects or programs. In addition, the candidate should have the ability to contribute technically on project teams as an individual researcher as well as leading some technical tasks. This position may include experimental and theoretical studies with applications including national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation and treaty verification, and nuclear material detection and characterization.

The Detection Systems group supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring and restoration and industrial technology development. Projects within the research group work range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties and national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science and novel sensor technology development. The selected candidate is expected to contribute independently and in collaboration with project teams and program management.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

- Responsible for providing impactful scientific contributions to research projects
- Responsible for participating on diverse, cross-disciplinary research teams
- Responsible for successful and compliant task execution
- Accountable to the Detection Systems Group line management structure
- Accountable to the project management structure for assigned project-specific tasks

- Experience in radiation detection and experimental and theoretical studies
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, interdisciplinary teams
- Excellent written and oral communication skills

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 or Master’s degree with 0-1 years of experience are required. Degree in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, or other field with a research emphasis on nuclear instrumentation is preferred.
- Must be a contributing professional who is building a professional reputation for technical expertise

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307994
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signature Science & Technology
Group: Detection Systems

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.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
- Handling and use of sealed radioactive sources for radiation detection measurements
- Occasional travel (domestic and international)
- Occasional task activities may be performed outdoors in laboratory and/or field conditions