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Magnetic Materials Physicist


Job Description

Job ID: 308082
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 with a background in soft magnetic materials and their applications in energy systems. The position will likely extend beyond soft magnetic materials to other functional as well as structural materials. We welcome candidates who enjoy new challenges and are willing to reinvent themselves.

The Researcher will:
- Apply principles of physics, materials science, and engineering to understand the relationship between microstructure and properties in materials systems and to design high performance materials and processing approaches
- Research, plan, design, and develop mechanical and other specialty testing and material processing systems
- Collaborate with highly diverse research staff in high strength materials and advanced forming, joining, and manufacturing processes
- Execute project work and deliver research products in a timely and efficient manner
- 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, physics, metallurgy, or related field with 2 years of industrial or research experience in soft magnetic materials
- Hands-on experience with soft magnetic materials characterization approaches (such as VSM and core loss measurements) and analysis
- Strong background in principles of physical metallurgy and alloy design
- Ability to associate processing (non-equilibrium), structure, and properties on different length scales
- Familiar with mechanical testing methods, such as hardness and tensile testing
- Familiar with primary structural characterization techniques, such as XRD, and microstructural characterization using the following techniques: optical, SEM/EBSD, TEM, etc.
- A track record of peer-reviewed publications in materials science-related journals
- Effective oral and written English communication skills.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308082
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Energy Process & 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.