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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory AR/VR UI Developer I in Richland, Washington


Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex—from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures.  PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities—rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools—are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.

PNNL is combining profound domain expertise and creative integration of advanced hardware and software to deliver computational solutions that address complex data and analytic challenges. Working in multidisciplinary teams, PNNL connects research and engineering to operations, providing the tools necessary to innovate quickly and field results faster. Our strengths are integrated across the data analytics lifecycle, from data acquisition and management, to analysis and decision support.


This position will be hosted out of the Human-Centered Computing group. The national interest landscape is constantly evolving, providing constant software engineering challenges which in turn provides for an extremely exciting and rewarding work environment. We are looking for candidates that want to contribute to an ever-growing need to support large-scale and complex analytics challenges, spanning several national security domains and missions. The primary role will be developing novel user-facing applications, but there are opportunities to develop skills that go well beyond front-end development: product design, machine learning, human-computer interaction, augmented intelligence, DevSecOps, and many others. Every mission challenge is different, which keeps the work very exciting and rewarding.

Technologies Routinely Used (Depends on Project and Capability Need):

  • Development Environment: Combination of cloud & on-prem/local

  • Development Tools– Unity, VSCode, Visual Studio Atlassian Suite, Gitlab

  • Programming Languages – C#, JavaScript, TypeScript, Python

  • Web Frameworks – ReactJS, Vue, Svelte

  • Service Layer – AppSync/GraphQL, API Gateway

  • Modeling Tools – Blender, Maya

  • Data Repositories – RDBMS (PostGres), Document Stores (Elastic / Mongo), Key Value (Redis / DynamoDB)

National Interest Project Examples:

  • Develop simulation tools for users to experience hazardous situations

  • Implement security procedures and assessment tasks within a 3D environment

  • Develop educational scenarios to teach about DOE funded research

  • Implement novel applications using immersive technologies such as VR, AR, spatial mapping, and 3D capture

  • Identify the illicit smuggling of nuclear materials into the country

  • Develop large data pipelines to thwart funding for terrorists, nuclear proliferators, drug cartels, and rogue leaders

  • Use remotely sensed imagery to identify and monitor the progression of wildfires

  • Analyze the resiliency of the electric power grid to prevent large-scale outages

  • Model climate change and impacts to civilization

  • Hunt for the existence of dark matter to understand the nature of the universe


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience as a professional software developer (C#, JavaScript, Typescript, etc.)

  • Expertise in Unity Game Engine development, React/Redux

  • Knowledge of software engineering best practices and software project lifecycles

  • Experience writing unit and integration tests

  • Experience with VR or AR platforms a plus

  • Strong communication skills

  • Eagerness to work on challenging problems in an ever-changing project landscape

  • Willingness to help grow diverse and inclusive software engineering teams

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

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 with 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random 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 months can be demonstrated.

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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Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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