Thermomechanical Processing Researcher (Level 3)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
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 an engineer or metallurgist to work in shear-assisted processing and extrusion (ShAPETM) and contribute to the development and application of high performance materials and innovative processing approaches for manufacturing. ShAPE and other forms of solid phase processing have the potential to enable far from equilibrium compositions and microstructures by inducing extreme levels of plastic work and by avoiding the thermodynamic constraints imposed by melt solidification. 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:
- As Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI will apply principles of engineering, physics, and materials science as well as an understanding of core areas including mechanics, thermodynamics, 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.
- Support scoping, scheduling and budgeting at a project or major task level.
- Propose, develop and execute original ideas to solve science and engineering problems and publish the results in the peer-reviewed technical literature.
- Participate in business development opportunities.
- Train and mentor junior level staff.
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.
- BS/BA with 5+ years of experience, or MS/MA with 3+ years of experience, or PhD with 1+ years of experience.
- PhD in mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy or related field with 4 years of industrial or research laboratory experience in high shear, high strain-rate solid phase processing approaches, or MS/MA with 6 years of similar experience
- Experience in conventional extrusion, forging, and thermomechanical processing for metallic alloy systems, preferably in high strength steels and/or aluminum alloys
- Knowledge of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges.
- Experience as principal investigator or project manager
- An emerging professional reputation for technical expertise within the field.
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 308047
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Energy Processes & Materials
Group: Applied Materials & Performance
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.