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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters RA - Instructional Systems Designer in Boston, Massachusetts


Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex—from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities—rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools—are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.


PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) provides tools, technologies, and training to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction WMD by helping the United States secure sources and borders. Experts in NSD directly support many of the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government departments’ critical national security operations, including safeguards and security, cyber security, emergency response, and counterintelligence. Within NSD, experts in the Operational Systems & Technology Division address many of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) critical national security operations providing innovative concepts that integrate policy, analytics, science, and technology into unique solutions. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes PNNL an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world.

Come join us at one of the Department of Energy’s premier national labs where we drive science and technology into innovative solutions for national security.

The successful Post Masters RA - Instructional Systems Designer candidate will:

• Provide solutions to a variety of problems of limited to moderate scope and complexity.

• Learn to use professional concepts; limited use and/or application of principles, theories and concepts. Applies existing methods to well defined problems. Has ability to think creatively and is mentally flexible

• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.

• Conduct work under direction of senior staff. Forms relationship with mentor

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Program for International Nuclear Security (PINS) advances U.S. international efforts to prevent theft and sabotage of nuclear materials and facilities worldwide by partnering with countries and international organizations to secure weapons-usable nuclear materials, nuclear power plants and fuel cycle facilities, research reactors, and materials in transit. This project works with partner countries to implement nuclear security training and conduct best practice and technical exchanges. Working with training centers and nuclear security support centers, the United States National Nuclear Security Administration fosters sustainable indigenous training programs through support for curriculum development and instructor training to help expand nuclear security training capacity internationally.

Responsibilities include:

• Provide Instructional Systems Design (ISD) support as directed for developing classroom-based and virtual training

• Assist in the planning and developing of training programs within assigned areas in accordance with the ADDIE instructional design model

• Serve as a reviewer of training documents to ensure their accuracy and completeness

• Update specific curriculum for international partners of varying abilities

• Work with local and multi-laboratory teams to create best practices and promote consistency


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Some experience in classroom delivery and/or web-based training design

• Familiarity with ADDIE Model and Systematic Approach to Training (SAT)

• Experience with eLearning software including Articulate 360 Storyline and Photoshop

• Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements

• Experience interacting and coordinating with multiple stakeholders.

Preferred Education:

Degree in instructional design, educational technology, or related field

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

Candidates must have the able to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position.

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.