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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory SAS Professional 2 in Richland, Washington


Main duties include but not limited to:

  • Assigned to work with the Lead Incidents of Security Concern (IOSC) Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the implementation of compliant Department of Energy (DOE) IOSC program, 10 CFR Part 824, and Causal Analysis.

  • Will serve as a backup to the lead SME in these areas.

  • Must maintain IOSC Inquiry Official qualifications.

  • Support DOE Assessment and Corrective Action Management activities, Issues Management (ITS/OTS), Performance Testing support, Management & Operations/Contractor Assurance activities, and other Program Planning and Management (PPM) activities as assigned by senior staff.   

  • May be assigned work supporting all groups within the SAS.

  • Establishes and maintains liaison relationships by networking with PNNL management & staff, DOE, Field Intelligence Element (FIE), and other Contractors to foster integration, best practices and meet Division goals. Often serves as consultant to senior management.

  • Inspires commitment and grows the skills of others. May provide oversight of other staff and contractor work.


Provides technical expertise and support associated with the development and operation of one or more of PNNL¿s individual SAS programs (topical areas) and technical advice and assistance for the development and operation of programs managed by others. Support levels provide technical and administrative direction, processing activities, and support to the Laboratory in a variety of SAS programs (topical areas) in accordance with DOE, other client, and PNNL policies and procedures. Roles in the professional hierarchy are responsible for analysis and interpretation of DOE and other Government Agency regulations, laws, and orders, development of company policies and procedures, development and implementation of qualification training programs, leadership and oversight for the development, implementation and conduct of the assigned program elements (sub-topical areas), project management and oversight of assigned SAS project funding (to include budget development and cost control), and direct support to line management, project management, SAS program management, and the Federal SAS oversight entity for the evaluation and implementation of security requirements in the conduct of PNNL research and operations.


Minimum Qualifications:

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

  • MS/MA or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possesses the knowledge, skills and ability for the Incidents of Security Concern Program elements within Safeguards and Security.

  • Possesses the knowledge, skills and ability to perform DOE assessments, cause analyses and corrective action management.

  • Possesses the ability to identify trends and impacts, use innovative ideas to enhance business results and to influence policy and set direction across national organizations within the area of expertise. Possesses the ability to successfully communicate, integrate and coordinate with internal staff, stakeholders and external customers and effectively guide and mentor staff.

  • Possesses the ability to use skills as a seasoned professional with complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories, and concepts in the field.

  • Possesses the ability to provide leadership, and influence DOE policy and direction.

  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently with little oversight required.

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 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.