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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist (Level 3) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309546

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Ractor Materials & Mechanical Design

Job Description

Primary job activities will include developing innovative technical solutions to complex materials degradation challenges, leading materials research projects or tasks that effectively integrate the capabilities of team members, managing project deliverables and reports, and providing technical leadership in high-resolution characterization of nuclear reactor materials and alloys used in energy technologies. The applicant must be skilled in high resolution electron microscopy with a demonstrated expertise in microstructural and microchemical analysis. Familiarity with electron backscatter diffraction is desirable. Expertise in atom probe tomography and focused ion beam milling of samples is required. Hands-on experience with servohydraulic test systems to perform mechanical property testing and subsequent analysis of the data is also required. The candidate must be capable of relating the microstructure evolution of materials to materials degradation, for instance radiation damage or stress corrosion cracking. The position utilizes both careful and routine duties but also independent problem solving. New and improved ways of doing things are prized.

Good oral and written communication skills are required. The group publishes high quality research manuscripts, contributes oral and written papers at conferences, and participates in workshops on degradation mechanisms. This will be a key expectation for the candidate.

Technical Expertise and Breadth of Knowledge: The applicant must have a professional reputation for technical expertise in materials characterization, and be capable of applying standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies to understand materials degradation. Knowledge of current research and characterization techniques is required and expected, and the candidate will be encouraged to improve their expertise by participating in the electron microscopy and atom probe tomography society meetings.

Technical Judgment: The applicant will develop solutions to an assortment of materials research problems, where causal relationships are often difficult to establish.

Technical Leadership and Capability Development: The applicant will assume technical responsibility for a well-defined task often involving more than one person, recommend approaches to solve problems subject to approval by senior staff, and contribute to the development of new capabilities within the division.

Business Development: The applicant will contribute to technical content of proposals, and market through excellent performance on projects and engagement with the scientific community and professional societies.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Serve as a contributing scientist and build a professional reputation for expertise in materials degeradation.

  • Apply and interpret standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies in materials science.

  • Contribute to the organization by mentoring junior staff and taking on operational assignments

  • Occasionally train others on defined tasks and procedures.

  • Exercise judgment on work details.

  • Make preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.

  • Develop external reputation

  • Mentor and support peers and junior staff in technical growth.

  • Lead specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience

  • PhD with 1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates with a PhD in Materials Science or a related field.

  • Must be skilled in leading research tasks and managing project deliverables

  • Must have experience with microstructure characterization of a wide variety of materials, especially alloys used in energy technologies

  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and dual beam focused ion beam milling is required.

  • Experience performing mechanical property testing using servohydraulic test frames and analyzing the data is required.

  • Must be capable of integrating microstructural information with data from modeling and simulation to understand materials degradation.

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:

  • Radiological worker-I & II training will be required for this position. Prior experience working with radioactive materials is preferred, but not required.

  • The work requires familiarity with chemical and radiological hazards.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Materials Characterization

Opening Date: 2019-07-02

Closing Date: 2019-07-23