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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312311

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Chemical & Biological Signatures

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multi-program laboratory operated by Battelle for the US DOE. The Chemical and Biological Signatures Group (CBS) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 50 biologists, chemists, materials scientists and engineers that solve research and development problems related to chemical and biological detection and forensics. CBS is seeking a Material Scientist with an emphasis on atomic/molecular scale imaging & characterization tools OR biomaterials 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 micro-structural characterization using electron microscopy and other atomic/molecular imaging tools OR in studying the interface of two- or three-dimensional materials and biological molecules or microbes

  • 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

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in applied research environments

  • MS/MA with 2 years of experience OR PhD in chemistry, physics, or material science

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • The incumbent must be able/willing to obtain a US DOE Q security clearance within two years of hire (or as quickly as one can be processed) and hold it indefinitely

  • The incumbent must be able/willing to work with hazardous chemicals, radiological materials and/or at biosafety level 2.

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

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2021-06-30

Closing Date: 2021-09-28