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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear and Criticality Safety Manager in Richland, Washington


This Nuclear and Criticality Safety Manager provides leadership of nuclear and criticality professionals directly associated with the management and implementation of PNNL’s nuclear and criticality safety programs and supporting the execution of PNNL’s science mission associated with nuclear sciences and operations. This includes line management authority for approximately 10 staff and leadership of matrixed staff and subcontractors contributing to the Nuclear and Criticality Program.


Key functions include:

  • Management responsibilities and domain expertise in Nuclear and Criticality Safety - leading a team of direct staff, supporting staff, and subcontractors.

  • Maintain and assure effective implementation of PNNL’s Nuclear and Criticality Safety Programs in accordance with applicable DOE requirements and standards.

  • Planning, development, and maintenance of safety basis documentation for PNNL’s category II non-reactor nuclear facility, the 325 Building Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, including supporting documents, analyses, and calculations; and support for safety basis document review, approval, and implementation.

  • Establish and deliver the hazard categorization process and procedures for PNNL nuclear facilities and implement operational controls necessary to maintain current facility hazard categories, including program oversight of the Radioactive Material Tracking system.

  • Maintain the PNNL nuclear readiness processes that encompasses the readiness review requirements for nuclear facilities and PNNL procedures that establish achievement of readiness for nuclear facilities, operations, and activities.

  • Provide support for the Process Safety Board, a multi-disciplined group that provides process safety-related recommendations for nuclear and non-nuclear higher-risk projects, activities, and facilities.

  • Reinforces PNNL values and team member responsibilities; promotes a healthy collaborative culture and an ethical code of conduct.

  • The second role is serving as the Nuclear Operations and Facility Safety Management and Operations (NO/FS M&O) Program Manager. This is a defined role within PNNL’s operational model with responsibility for the following:

  • Programmatic implementation of nuclear and criticality safety requirements and associated Technical Standards and Guides for the following:10 CFR 830, Subpart B, Safety Basis Requirements

  • DOE O 420.1C, Facility Safety

  • DOE O 420.2C, Safety of Accelerator Facilities

  • DOE O 422.1, Conduct of Operations

  • DOE O 425.1D, Verification of Readiness to Startup or Restart Nuclear Facilities

  • DOE O 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, Qualification, and Certification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities

  • DOE O 433.1B, Maintenance Management Program for DOE Nuclear Facilities

  • Identify and analyze new or changing requirements, internal controls, and performance expectations.

  • Assess and monitor PNNL’s nuclear and criticality safety program performance.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 11+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • MS/MA degree and 9+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • PhD with 7+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 15+ years of relevant experience; OR, a Master's degree plus 12+ years of relevant experience.Extensive working knowledge in both nuclear and criticality safety.

  • Experience working within the DOE system in an operating environment.

  • Active in appropriate professional associations.

  • Experience building and leading teams.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

  • Must be able to obtain a clearance.

  • Must be able to effectively lead the Nuclear and Criticality Safety Team and foster a collaborative environment.

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.

“Reerral Eligible”

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.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

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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Minimum Salary

USD $175,400.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $292,400.00/Yr.