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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Data Scientist in Richland, Washington

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.


The mission of the Signature Science and Technology Division is to discover the science, develop the technology, and drive operations to counter emerging national security threats.

We help the nation maintain U.S. Supremacy in detecting adversaries by building new capabilities that combine measurement and analysis, and by channeling our long-standing programs towards the detection and forensic analysis of weapons proliferation.

We help the nation deter and counter the use of weapons of mass destruction. We house a deep understanding of the nonproliferation landscape that builds on a long history of providing technical support to international treaties. We also support the nation’s nuclear deterrent by developing production methods for strategic materials.

We help the nation develop science and technology for a radically different conflict landscape. We use our deep measurement capabilities that combine measurement with theory and data analytics to move signature detection toward mission relevant speed—a speed that requires automation and produces near-real-time analysis.​​​​​​​


This position serves as a scientific leader in PNNL’s Signature Science and Technology division and Disruptive Technologies group, with a focus on the development of modern, novel analytics approaches to material discovery, design, characterization, and production, with a focus on automation and design of experiments. We seek candidates with experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analysis of data from a broad range of measurement systems, with applications to materials discovery, advanced manufacturing, and material modeling and simulation. This position will work to build teams and cross-organizational networks to proactively identify and promote new capabilities within the laboratory, especially at the convergence of data science and material science.

Ideal candidates will establish and maintain leadership roles in the professional community – including professional societies, other laboratories, academia and industry – and will collaborate with material and data scientists currently working in material science within PNNL.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS 10+ years of experience

  • MS 6+ years of experience

  • PhD 3+ years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Material Science, Chemistry, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or related field.

  • A demonstrated record of innovation applying data science and modern analytics to material science, with a focus on few-shot learning for material microstructure and defect analysis.

  • Expertise in transmission electron microscopy and in development of software for automation of instrument control.

  • Experience with thin film synthesis and characterization.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work within and lead interdisciplinary teams.

  • Reputation for integrity and trust.

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 the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

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.