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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310134

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Science & Technology Division

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Technology

Job Description

PNNL is seeking a Material Scientist with an emphasis on electron microscopy and other 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.

  • The incumbent must have an established reputation as an expert in the field of micrco-structural characterization using electron microscopy and other atomic/molecular imaging tools.

  • Demonstrated track record of publishing high-impact technical work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at conferences or other technical venues

  • Demonstrated track record of conceiving and proposing work receiving sustained resources to fund self and a small to medium-sized team

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead diverse, multidisciplinary teams, and mentor junior scientists

  • Demonstrated track record of collaboration across academia, industry and government partners evidenced through multi-organizational projects and publications

  • Exceptionally strong laboratory safety culture and operational rigor

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 7 years of experience MS/MA with 5 years of experience PhD with 3 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expert in Transmission Electron Microscopy

  • PNNL has recently deployed a JEOL Grand ARM (Atomic Resolution Microscope) TEM; the ideal candidate will have experience with this system or equivalent and would be capable of conceiving of work leveraging this tool for cutting-edge nuclear and radioactive material science

  • Experience/Familiarity with other atomic/molecular characterization and imaging tools (FIB/SEM, AFM, APT, etc)

  • Experience working in applied nuclear S&T

  • Experience with the USG funding agencies supporting national security or energy/environment (DHS, DOD, DOE-NNSA, DOE-NE, DOE-EM, NRC, etc)

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience MS/MA with 7 years of experience PhD with 5 years of experience Requires Senior Management review/approval.

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

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: Global Nuclear Science & Tech

Opening Date: 2019-11-13

Closing Date: 2020-01-12