*Organization and Job ID**
Job ID: 311174
Directorate: National Security Directorate
Division: Signature Science and Technology Division
Group: Detection Physics
The Detection Physics Group within the National Security
Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is
seeking a research scientist who will focus on studies of radiation
detection physics using Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning
(AI/ML) techniques. The Detection Physics Group includes research
ranging from low background and high energy fundamental particle
physics to radiation detection related to non-proliferation and
national security applications. This position will focus on the
expanding role of AI/ML within the group. It will provide the
opportunity to perform analysis of data from existing experimental
setups, and to propose, develop, and demonstrate relevant
techniques on new data sets for advanced applications.
Major duties and responsibilities: Contribute to the development
of the analysis of a variety of types of radiation detectors and
experiments. Perform, analyze, and interpret detector
characterizations for detectors of interest, including
semiconductor detectors, scintillators, proportional counters,
silicon photomultipliers, and others. Develop a
detector-physics-focused AI/ML strategy with an eye toward
fostering new funding streams and research directions. Engage in
research activities with the broader AI/ML community at PNNL.
*The hiring level will be determined based on the education,
experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the
*Level 2:** Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis
of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.
Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to
determine appropriate action. Builds productive internal/external
working relationships. Works under general supervision. Follows
established procedures. Infrequent interorganizational and outside
customer contacts on routine matters.
*Level 3:** A seasoned, experienced professional with a full
understanding of area of specialization; resolves a wide range of
issues in creative ways. This job is the fully qualified,
careeroriented, journey-level position. Independently determines
and develops approach to solutions. Frequent interorganizational
and outside customer contacts.
+ Bachelors degree with 2 years of experience, or Masters degree
with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of
+ Programming capability with languages such as C/C++, Python,
MatLab, and R.
+ Experience with "standard" and AI/ML data analysis
+ Experience with particle detection software and hardware.
+ Bachelors degree with at least 5 years of well-aligned prior
experience or a masters degree with 3 years of relevant experience
or a PhD degree with at least 1 year of experience.
+ PhD in experimental nuclear or high energy particle physics,
or related fields.
+ Experience with software tools such as PyTorch, Tensorflow,
+ Experience with data analysis and simulation packages such as
ROOT, Geant4, and MCNP.
+ Implementation experience with high-performance parallel codes
and/or accelerators (FPGAs/GPUs).
+ High level of motivation and ability to work with, form, and
lead collaborative research teams.
+ Adaptability to thrive in a rapidly evolving, multitasked,
*Equal Employment Opportunity**
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment
decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family
status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic
information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal
right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer.
Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.
*_Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits
DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign
government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a
position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign
government talent recruitment program you will be required to
disclose this information before your first day of
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a
federal security clearance.
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).
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 consecutive months
can be demonstrated.
_Directorate:_ _National Security_
_Job Category:_ _Scientists/Scientific Support_
_Group:_ _Detection Physics_
_Opening Date:_ _2020-09-09_
_Closing Date:_ _2020-12-08_