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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Materials Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310419

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

The Energy Processes & Materials Division within the Energy & Environment Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is currently seeking a Chief Materials Scientist to join its Solid Phase Processing (SPP) Team. This is an extraordinary opportunity to be part of a world-class, interdisciplinary, research program that is pushing the envelope on next generation metals manufacture for a variety of technology applications. PNNL’s research in this area seeks to understand the underpinning physics of microstructural evolution in materials subjected to high strain during synthesis – conditions that are inherent to SPP methods − and to translate that understanding to application in a suite of scalable manufacturing platforms that can deliver materials and components with exceptional performance.

As a Chief Scientist, you will provide technical leadership and expertise to existing research efforts, and collaborate with stakeholders to define and shape future research programs. Working with the SPP Team and Laboratory management, and in collaboration with our research partners in industry, academia, and at other National Laboratories, you will lead efforts to build new, high-visibility, research programs that leverage SPP methods to meet the technology goals of the Department of Energy and other key stakeholders. As a Chief Scientist, you will also have significant responsibility for supporting the development and growth of the SPP competency at PNNL, including defining and validating new, stakeholder-relevant, applications for SPP methods; proposing and advocating for strategic equipment acquisitions; recommending new hires; and mentoring junior to mid -level staff on the team.

The successful candidate will have a national and international reputation as an expert in process-microstructure-property-performance relationships in metals-based materials systems, and demonstrate an understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the potential for SPP methods to enable the scalable manufacture of high-performance metals and alloys. She/he must be adept at translating Department of Energy and other stakeholder needs for advanced materials to funded research programs that effectively leverage PNNL capabilities to meet sponsor goals. He/she will be an accomplished communicator, with a track record of delivering effective and compelling written and oral communications to a broad range of audiences. She/he will have demonstrated a high level of success in building new research programs and new research capabilities over the course of her/his career.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, or MS/MA with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in physical and/or mechanical metallurgy. Candidate must have a solid foundation in the science of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, and demonstrate a practical understanding of how to translate that science to application.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in materials science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, or related field, with 10+ years of research or industrial laboratory experience.

  • Established research record in the study of processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships in metals-based materials systems, as evidenced by a strong publication record of technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, and/or granted patents.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage large and complex research projects.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships at the highest levels across multiple organizations/agencies, and to leverage those relationships to further Laboratory research goals and increase business volume.

  • Demonstrated success in building high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams of theorists, technology developers, and application domain experts, to conduct high technical risk, pioneering research and development.

  • Established record of effective oral and written communications to a broad range of audiences.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments, will be required. Exposure to thermal, mechanical, chemical, etc., hazards are reduced to the extent possible, and otherwise mitigated through the use of controls, and the maintenance of a safety-conscious work environment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-02-03

Closing Date: 2021-03-15