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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, WA

Health Physicist Instrument Subject Matter Expert 2 in Richland, Washington

LocationRichland, Washington 99352
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-11-19
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-10-11

Job Description:


The Environment, Health, Safety & Security division of PNNL contributes to operational success by providing efficient and effective systems, processes, tools, and services that enable staff to conduct their work in a safe, compliant, and environmentally sound manner. Our staff, research and operational processes work together to produce outstanding results for our customers.

As an indispensable partner in delivering safe, compliant, and efficient outcomes in support of Laboratory operations, science, science and technology, the Health Physicist assists with the implementation and continuing improvement of the PNNL radiation protection program. The position provides a key interface with science and technology staff partners, delivering subject matter expertise to facilitate successful project outcomes with high levels of performance. The Health Physicist works closely with staff to assure successful radiation protection program implementation for a myriad of projects, provides radiological risk management strategies, assures operational readiness, and develops creative solutions to complex activities utilizing radioactive material and/or radiation generating devices.

The incumbent is challenged to develop lab-wide implementing plans and procedures which assure compliance with rapidly changing applicable Federal and State laws and DOE orders, while doing so in a risk-based, cost effective manner. Responsibilities include the ability to work within broadly defined DOE rules (10 CFR 835) and integration with NRC and Agreement State regulatory framework to identify alternatives and recommended approaches. The incumbent will also be expected to be an advocate for identifying and implementing new efficiencies within the Radiation Protection Program.


  • Requires expanded conceptual knowledge in own area of expertise while developing additional skill sets; solves a range of straightforward problems, analyzing possible solutions using standard procedures, experience, judgment, and precedents; explains information to others in straightforward situations; works to build consensus; demonstrates flexibility; expected to work independently and accept growing responsibility, with a moderate level of guidance and direction.

  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, implementing, and continuously improving the PNNL radiation protection program and evaluates the extent of deployment and health of assigned radiation protection program functional programs to identify deficiencies and areas for improvement. Provides technical guidance, direction and recommendations to research and operations projects to assure effective and compliant field implementation of radiation protection programs, procedures, work control documents and regulatory requirements.

  • Maintains currency on regulatory and technical developments in health physics and radiological engineering to formulate and institute appropriate program improvements that assure a state-of-the-art radiation protection program.

  • Duties may include serving as a key interface with Radiation Protection program customers; reviewing research projects and identifying appropriate radiological controls; serving as subject matter expert for one or more program elements; conducting radiological training; and/or mentoring junior staff.

  • The Health Physicist position delivers technical health physics support to the Radiation Protection Program through implementation and incorporation of industry technical standards for their review, issue, revision and modification of radiation protection related technical basis documents and procedures, including performance of peer reviews for Radiological Engineering documentation.

  • The Health Physicist is assigned to work with science and technology partners and DOE customers in the compliant implementation of the PNNL Radiation Protection Program and reviews and prepares technical work documents for research and maintenance operations to assure compliance with radiation protection requirements. The Health Physicist develops and reviews radiation protection procedures and technical documentation to implement radiation protection policy.

  • The Health Physicist is responsible for performance of audits and assessments, generation preparation of reports, preparation of responses to audits and assessments and assisting line managers in conducting self-assessments of radiation protection compliance in PNNL facilities. The individual must apply professional concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways, with the ability to balance long-term strategic goals with short-term priorities and network across Maintenance and Operations programs.

  • The radiological instrumentation Subject Matter Expert works to trouble shoot instrumentation; develop procedures and training and deploy new instrumentation; evaluate instruments to determine if they are appropriate for the types, levels, and energies of radiation; and work with different levels of managers and staff to optimize radiological monitoring.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 2+ years of relevant work experience -Or-

  • MS/MA or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Consistent with DOE-STD-1098, reading and comprehension skills in the English language are necessary for radiation safety training. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required for this position.

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP).

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise for development and monitoring of DOE Radiation Protection program functional elements as defined by 10 CFR 835.

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise in Radiation Protection Program assessment planning and execution.

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise in radiological instrumentation.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Ability to obtain Radiological Worker II qualification.

Additional 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).

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at ***** .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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