Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Metallurgist/Materials Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306054

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

The Applied Materials & Performance group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a research scientist who has a strong skill set in metallurgy or material science to contribute to the development and application of advanced materials and processing. This position will support business lines associated with developing technologies for next generation lightweight vehicles, fossil energy, nuclear and other markets where improvements in energy efficiency are of interest to the Department of Energy and industrial clients.

The successful candidate:

- Must possess a strong technical background in processing and mechanical testing of metal alloys as well as thermophysical property measurement and analysis.

- Must possess a strong sense of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to assess and use analytical results for designing and conducting experiments.

- Will have the opportunity to work on projects solving problems in a large variety of areas including energy efficiency, transportation and high temperature materials.

- Will have opportunities to propose original ideas and technical suggestions to senior project research staff and project managers to solve science and engineering problems.

- Will require interaction on a daily basis with project managers, other scientists and engineers with a diversity of technical backgrounds.

- An expectation to execute task assignments and contribute to projects with limited supervision, and will also be responsible for developing their own ideas and approach to technical tasks.

- May be tasked with helping to develop technical proposals to further the Lab’s missions on both an individual basis and a team basis.

- Must be a proactive scientist or engineer who continues to build on their technical expertise and knowledge base to learn new skills.

Level 2 Responsibilities:

- Development and characterization of high strength lightweight materials for vehicles.

- Solid phase joining, processing and forming of metallic materials

- Understanding and characterization of material microstructure and the relationship to macroscopic behavior,

- Advanced forming, joining and manufacturing processes for metals and polymer composites,

- Topics in mechanical metallurgy and applied mechanics, including design of experiments and application for materials development.

Level 3 Responsibilities:

- On a broad basis, apply principles, theories and concepts of materials science and processing to develop novel, high-performance solutions to address structural materials applications.

- Manage small to moderate projects or major tasks within projects. Develop and implement project management plans supporting scoping, scheduling and budgeting plus defining and achieving project deliverables.

- Provide expertise to interpretation and analysis of data.

- Produce technical papers, reports and presentations.

- Assist in the preparation of proposals as part of larger project proposal efforts or as stand-alone endeavors.

- Work with line management on developing strategies to maintain and grow group capability.

- Train and mentor junior level staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Job level will be determined by the candidate’s unique experience/qualifications.

Minimum Requirements, Level 2:

-Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a PhD. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

Minimum Requirements, Level 3:

- Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years experience or a Master's degree with 3 years experience or a PhD with 1-2 years experience. Must be a skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

Preferred Education: Level 2:

Master’s or Ph.D. degree in metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science or related discipline plus 1-2 years relevant experience and a corresponding technical publication record.

Preferred Education, Level 3:

Master’s degree with at least 3 years’ experience or Ph.D. with at least 1 year experience in metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science or related discipline plus established technical publication record. Must have the proven ability to manage tasks and work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.

Preferred Experience:

- Strong background in basic and/or applied metallurgy, materials science/engineering related to metals, composites, and multi-component structures.

- Specific experience in Friction Stir Welding and Processing, especially in the design/development of tooling, weld process and FSW microstructural characterization. Experience in welding copper, aluminum and ferrous alloys is especially desired.

- Experience in numerically controlled, or high-level language controlled testing and processing equipment especially desired.

- Knowledgeable and competent in application of metallurgical equipment to modify material structure/properties.

- Ability to communicate within a team environment through written and oral presentations of technical work to team members and during client interactions.

- Ability to make valuable technical contributions to research projects targeted at advanced materials development.

- Excellent technical writing skills for generating reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

- Ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Matl's & Performance

Opening Date: 2016-11-18

Closing Date: 2016-12-06