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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Polymer Composites Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311169

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

Are you an outstanding scientist with an emerging national reputation in the area of polymer composites? The Applied Materials & Manufacturing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a new team member to support and grow research programs in polymer and composite materials; polymer matrix-fiber interfacial chemistry; composite materials processing; and/or novel processing approaches. These materials may be used as high-strength lightweight materials for vehicles to reduce energy use in the nation’s transportation sector or in other applications of interest to the Department of Energy.

The candidate will lead research teams and develop and propose new ideas. He or she will provide technical direction to research projects, collaborate broadly with highly diverse researchers, manage project execution, and mentor staff. The position holder will participate in the larger technical community by authoring manuscripts for publication and presenting at (and organizing sessions at) national meetings. He or she will also be expected to originate and develop intellectual property that can be patented and licensed commercially.

Expectations and Job Duties: Established nationally as an expert in at least one science or engineering domain, establishing new approaches at a national level and advancing state of the art concepts. Established network across national laboratories, academia, industry, and professional societies. Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, as well as impact outside PNNL. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Sought out to participate in peer reviews and book chapters establishing the foundational aspect of the discipline. Sought out as an invited speaker at national forums. Displays a significant record of technical products influencing their discipline. Recognized by Lab leadership, sponsors and collaborators as a resource for resolving challenges with impact at a significant programmatic or Lab mission level.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in materials science or engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field with 10 years of industrial or research laboratory experience, or MS/MA with 15 years of similar experience

  • Strong team leadership and project management skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively in a teaming environment.

  • A professional reputation for technical expertise and technical leadership within the field

  • Experience as principal investigator on multiple or significantly complex and/or high-risk projects or tasks

  • Demonstrated record of publication in top-tier journals and an ability to collaborate and lead within a teaming environment.

  • Experience in the automotive sector.

With qualifications of that caliber, we prefer subject matter expertise in the following areas:

  • Polymer and composite materials, recyclability, or biodegradability, or in matrix-fiber interfacial chemistry

  • Industrially scalable composites processing approaches, such as compression molding, pultrusion, HP-RTM, injection molding, prepreg development, preforming, and in state-of-the art high speed molding processes

  • Composite design and modeling

  • Polymeric and elastomeric materials characterization, such as DSC, TGA, TEM, SEM, DMA, tribology, FTIR, NMR, and other tools

  • Polymer and elastomer materials processes in both thermoplastic and thermosetting materials

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS degree with 9 years of experience, or MS with 7 years of experience, or Ph.D. with 5 years of experience

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.

Closing Statement

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-09-04

Closing Date: 2020-09-18