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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist - Electron Microscopy Emphasis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310259

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Science and Technology Division

Group: Chemical and Biological Signatures

Job Description

PNNL is seeking a Material Scientist with an emphasis on atomic/molecular scale imaging & characterization tools to join a team of multidisciplinary research professionals working to strengthen national security and advance nuclear S&T. At PNNL, a material scientist is expected to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Synthesizes and studies the structures and physical/chemical properties of various materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, rubber, glass, and combinations of these materials.

  • Studies the structures of materials from atomic to large length scales and performs short- and long-term characterization, modeling, or testing of these materials to understand their behavior and determine ways to improve them or develop new materials with specific properties.

  • Develops individual steps and combined processes for manufacturing, joining, finishing, treating, and strengthening materials.

  • Develops computational models of materials that describe structures, properties, and performance of materials.

  • Specific research areas include physics, chemistry, materials science, materials engineering, glass science, ceramic science, metallurgy, manufacturing and process engineering, corrosion science, and polymer science.

  • Demonstrated experience in the field of micrco-structural characterization using electron microscopy and other atomic/molecular imaging tools

  • Demonstrated ability to apply basic materials characterization techniques to well defined assignments in research and development settings

  • Experience working in technical teams to complete well defined project tasks

  • Experience thoroughly documenting experiments, including methods and results

  • Experience contributing to peer-reviewed publications or technical reports

  • Exceptionally strong laboratory safety culture and operational rigor

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level I: Ability to receive instruction on required tasks and report results on time and on budget while working under guidance. Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals.

Level II: Ability to receive guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently complete recurring assignments. Contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a small to medium task level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience. MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in applied research environments.

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience or MS/MA with 0 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.

Other Information

The incumbent must be able/willing to work with hazardous chemicals.

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2019-12-20

Closing Date: 2020-02-18