Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Metallurgy/Materials Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306513

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance


Job Description

The candidate will work closely with scientific and technical staff and perform research in one or more areas comprising Al-alloys, Mg-alloys and steels. The key expectation is for the candidate to translate this research into manuscripts for journal publications and to support development of research proposals. The candidate will perform or assist with mechanical testing such as tension, compression, formability, hardness, etc. The candidate will be responsible for preparing and handling test samples, plotting and analyzing test data, and create high-quality reports and presentations. The candidate will perform or assist with sample preparation and microstructural analysis, such as for optical metallography, SEM, TEM, etc. analytical techniques. The candidate will interact with diverse PNNL staff (machinists, technicians, post-docs, scientists, administrators, managers) and should have good inter-personal skills. The candidate should be cognizant of PNNL’s safety culture while working in the lab and be able to work on shared equipment in a collegial manner.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications

Essential skills:

•Expertise in physical metallurgy of Al- alloys and/or Mg-alloys.

•Careful and meticulous in data handling, literature review, and organize research data into high-quality presentations and for publications in high-impact journals.

•Hands-on experience with tension/compression testing and plotting and analyzing stress-strain data.

•Hands-on experience with performing limiting dome height tests and an understanding of sheet metal formability and forming limit diagrams.

•Ability to analyze microstructural data (e.g. Optical metallography, SEM, TEM, EBSD, XRD, EDS, APT, etc.) and correlate to mechanical properties in metallic alloys.

•Hands-on experience with the use of strain-grid analysis (using CAMSYS software) to quantify sheet metal formability.

•Expertise/experience with DSC and other thermal analysis techniques.

•Hands-on experience with furnaces and ovens for heat-treatments.

Desirable skills:

•Expertise in physical metallurgy of metals and alloys such as steels, high-entropy alloys, nickel superalloys, etc.

•Experience in using camera systems in combination with the digital image correlation (DIC) technique and software (e.g. Correlated Solutions, Aramis, etc.)

•Experience with indentation hardness measurements (macro-, micro-, nano-)

•Experience with plasticity modeling

•Experience with rolling, extrusion, joining etc. processes

•Experience in metal casting and using solidification software (e.g. Pro-CAST)

3.75 GPA or higher is preferred


Ph.D. (REQUIRED) in metallurgy/materials science, preferably in physical metallurgy of Al-alloys and/or Mg-alloys.


Software skills:

Must be proficient in data plotting software (e.g. Excel, Kaliedagraph, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), image processing (Photoshop), and engineering drawing (AutoCAD/Solidworks). Experience with writing macros for automating data gathering and plotting is a plus.


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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Matl's & Performance

Opening Date: 2017-04-17

Closing Date: 2017-05-01