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Friction Stir Processing Researcher (Level 2)


Job Description

Job ID: 308046
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Do you have a passion for materials discovery and application to real-world engineering challenges? Do you want to work with extraordinary multi-disciplinary teams of researchers to develop the next generation of energy systems and transportation technologies? If so, the Applied Materials & Performance group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a materials scientist, engineer, or metallurgist with a background in friction stir welding or friction stir processing to contribute to the development and application of high performance materials and innovative processing approaches for manufacturing. This position will support business lines associated with next generation lightweight vehicles, nuclear systems, and other markets where improvements in materials performance are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients.

The Researcher will:
- Apply principles of engineering, physics, and materials science as well as an understanding of core areas including mechanics, thermodynamics, structural analysis, metallurgy, and electrical properties to design and analyze high performance materials and processing approaches relevant to many applications, including the transportation and nuclear sectors.
- Apply principles of physical metallurgy to understand the relationship between microstructure and properties in a wide range of metallic systems.
- Research, plan, design, and develop mechanical and other specialty testing and material processing systems.
- Collaborate with highly diverse research staff in the following technical areas:
- Development and characterization of high strength lightweight materials for vehicles,
- Development, characterization and processing of high strength materials for operation in extreme conditions,
- Advanced forming, joining and manufacturing processes for metals,
- Topics in mechanical metallurgy and applied mechanics, including design of experiments and application for materials development.
- Propose, develop and execute original ideas to solve science and engineering problems and publish the results in the peer-reviewed technical literature.

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 2+ years of experience, or MS/MA with 0 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- PhD in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or related field with 2 years of industrial or research experience in friction stir welding or processing
- Experience in thermomechanical processing for metallic alloy systems
- Knowledge of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges.
- Familiar with microstructural characterization using the following techniques: optical, SEM, TEM, SEM/EBSD, etc.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308046
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Energy Processes & Materials
Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Other Information

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.