Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Electrochemical Device Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308595

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Process & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

Do you have a passion for materials science and an aptitude for developing real-world engineered systems? Do you want to work with extraordinary multi-disciplinary teams of researchers to develop solid oxide fuel cells, electrolyzers, and other high temperature electrochemical devices? The Energy Processes & Materials Division seeks a versatile materials scientist or engineer to work on projects involving the design of high temperature electrochemical devices, fabrication and testing of components, and integration, packaging, and performance of the system as a whole. The successful candidate will not only have a strong background in electrochemistry and ceramic processing but also extensive hands-on experience in materials testing, characterization, and component fabrication.


Research, plan, design, fabricate, develop, and characterize high temperature electrochemical components and devices. The Researcher will:

• As Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI will apply principles of engineering, physics, and materials science to design electrochemical systems, fabricate and test their components, and build working devices.

• Apply principles of materials science to understand the relationship between microstructure and properties in these systems.

• Collaborate with highly diverse research staff.

• Support scoping, scheduling and budgeting at a project or major task level.

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

• Participate in business development opportunities.

• Train and mentor junior level staff.

Minimum Qualifications

• BS with 5+ years of experience, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or PhD with 1+ years of experience

• Strong analytical, task management, and technical communication skills.

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

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. in engineering, materials science, or related fields with 4 years of research experience

• Demonstrated ability to design, fabricate, and operate high temperature electrochemical systems.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct hands-on experimental work in a laboratory environment, including electrochemical testing and characterization techniques.

• Experience in ceramic processing including tape casting, screen printing, glass seals, and sintering of ceramic materials.

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 hazards (high temperatures, chemicals, electrical hazards, 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 Matl's & Manufacturing

Opening Date: 2018-11-13

Closing Date: 2019-01-26