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Materials Scientist

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307535
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Applied Materials & Performance group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a materials scientist who has a strong skill set in metallurgy to contribute to the development and application of high performance materials and innovative processing approaches. This position will support business lines associated with nuclear systems, next generation lightweight vehicles, and other markets where improvements in materials performance are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients. The position holder will:
• Synthesize and study the structures and physical/chemical properties of metals and other materials from atomic to large length scales and perform short- and long-term characterization, modeling, or testing of these materials to understand their behavior and determine ways to improve them or develop new materials with specific properties.
• Develop individual steps and combined processes for manufacturing, joining, finishing, treating, and strengthening materials.
• Research, plan, design, and develop mechanical and other specialty testing systems.
• Collaborate with and/or lead highly diverse teams of research staff in the following technical areas:
- Forming, joining, and mechanical testing of zirconium and stainless steel components for nuclear applications,
- Development and characterization of high strength lightweight materials for vehicles,
- Understanding and characterization of the microstructure and behavior of materials under specified operating conditions and external factors,
- Advanced forming, joining and manufacturing processes for metals,
- Topics in mechanical metallurgy and applied mechanics, including design of experiments and application for materials development.
- Contribute to directorate-level operational improvement activities.

Applicants must have a strong sense of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to assess and use analytical results for designing and conducting experiments. The position will require interaction on a daily basis with project managers and other scientists and engineers with a diversity of backgrounds. The successful candidate will have the opportunity (and desire) to work on projects solving problems in a large variety of areas, including the transportation and nuclear sectors. In addition, the selected candidate will be expected to propose original ideas and technical suggestions as well as lead diverse organizational teams and mentor others to solve science and engineering problems. The position holder is expected to have an established professional reputation for technical expertise and technical leadership within the field.

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

Minimum Qualifications

• BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience
• Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or related field with 3 or more years of industrial or research laboratory experience
• Demonstrated ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges; principal investigator on multiple or significantly complex and/or high-risk projects or tasks
• Experience in designing and executing experimental projects in brazing, extrusion, rolling or other forms of thermomechanical processing for metallic alloy systems.
• Demonstrated ability to select and conduct tests in the area of metallic corrosion.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307535
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Energy Processes & Materials
Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Other 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).

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.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
• The staff member will work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments. Exposure to mechanical hazards, chemicals, etc., are kept to a minimum and mitigated through the use of controls and the maintenance of a safety-conscious work environment.