Emergency Preparedness and Response Social Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Location
    Richland, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 19

Position description

PNNL integrates systems engineering, policy, and operational expertise into versatile and sustainable national security solutions. The Cyber, Protection, and Analysis Division strives to solve national security challenges through application of a comprehensive suite of analytic techniques, physical security systems, and cybersercurity research.

The Global Security Technology and Policy (GSTP) group within the CPA Division consists of staff with backgrounds in international relations, emergency preparedness, economics, nuclear safeguards, nuclear security, counterproliferation, intelligence, national security, strategic trade controls, chemical and biological weapons security, and regional or country affairs. These staff work independently and together with sponsors, technology developers and other stakeholders to examine the suite of issues that impact technology use but have little to do with a technology's functionality. Such issues include laws, regulations, policy, economics, and stakeholder requirements. GSTP staff help frame national security problems, translate user requirements to technology developers, engage foreign partners to promote nonproliferation norms, and evaluate the implications of existing and new technologies on laws, regulations, and policies. GSTP staff play a critical role in helping the lab transition its cutting-edge science and technology solutions to end users.


Applies quantitative and qualitative theories, methods, and techniques across social sciences to analyze human, organizational and social phenomena and to address emerging and prevailing societal issues concerning energy, environment, technological innovation, health and human safety, national defense and security, and public policy. Areas of research include sociology, psychology, behavioral science, computational social science, economics, political science, human geography, demography, anthropology, history, linguistics, and law.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience
  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience
  • PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience directly supporting the operations of an emergency management program at a DOE facility.
  • Expert-level knowledge of DOE O 151.1D, associated requirements, and technical planning basis. In particular, understanding of the diversity of requirements such as All-Hazards Surveys, Emergency Planning Hazards Assessments (EPHAs), and Emergency Planning Zones (EPZs).
  • Experience serving as a responding professional at a DOE emergency operations center.
  • Experience developing, maintaining, exercising, and training on emergency response procedures for facilities.
  • Familiarity with the chemical operations that occur across the DOE complex.

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.

referral eligible

Testing Designated Position (TDP): 

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!


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