Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cold Spray Mechanical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308084

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Process & Materials

Group:Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

Are you a hands-on mechanical engineer who likes to build, commission, and operate first-of-a-kind research equipment for processing metals and other materials? The Applied Materials & Performance group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a researcher who will help bring their new high-pressure cold spray system on line and serve as the day-to-day technical steward of that tool. The cold spray system will support research in high performance materials and innovative processing approaches for manufacturing. This position will support business lines associated with next generation lightweight vehicles, nuclear systems, and other markets where improvements in materials performance are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients.

The position holder will:

  • Apply principles of engineering, physics, and materials science as well as an understanding of core areas including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, structural analysis, and metallurgy to design and analyze high performance materials and processing approaches relevant to many applications, including the transportation and nuclear sectors.

  • Research, plan, design, and develop mechanical and other specialty testing and material processing systems.

  • Collaborate with highly diverse research staff in the following technical areas:

  • Development and characterization of high strength lightweight materials for vehicles,

  • Development, characterization and processing of high strength materials for operation in extreme conditions,

  • Advanced forming, joining and manufacturing processes for metals,

  • Topics in applied mechanics, including design of experiments and application for materials development.

  • Propose, develop and execute original ideas to solve science and engineering problems and publish the results in the peer-reviewed technical literature.

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 mechanical engineering, materials engineering, or related field with 2 years of industrial or research laboratory experience in cold spray processing or MS/MA with 4 years of similar experience

  • Experience in conventional extrusion, forging, and thermomechanical processing for metallic alloy systems

  • Knowledge of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges.

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

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Applied Matl's & Performance

Opening Date: 2018-07-09

Closing Date: 2018-11-18