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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311887

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials Division

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing Group

Job Description

This materials scientist position in the Applied Materials and Manufacturing Group will conduct research on high-efficiency solid oxide energy conversion systems at the forefront of energy technology. The position holder will fabricate, characterize, and test high temperature electrochemical solid oxide cells, perform electrode kinetics evaluation, durability studies to understand the performance limitations and degradation of the electrochemical devices. The position holder will work as an integrated member of the team, interfacing and collaborating with other researchers. The duties of the position include:

  • Developing and executing experimental plans to synthesize and characterize materials for high temperature electrolyzers

  • Performing electrochemical characterization and data analysis

  • Carrying out laboratory work independently with the support of other technical staff

  • Clearly documenting experimental results and reporting findings to the team at regular intervals

  • Performing work safely and in accordance with lab policy and training

  • Contributing to scientific publications, presentations at professional society conferences and/or to sponsors.

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

Level 2 : Building reputation through application of science and engineering principles and theories. Develops technical approaches to solve challenges. Builds a technical network within PNNL and teams with others to optimize research. Mentors junior staff and students. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Presents at national or international forums. Leads elements or sections of journal articles, reports, and other technical products.

Level: 3 Established local reputation and developing external reputation with specialization in at least one technical domain. Builds effective project teams internally and serves as principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical sections of small to medium proposals. Mentors junior staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Level 2 - BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 year of experience

  • Level 3 - BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, catalysis, physics, or related field with 1 years of industrial or national research laboratory experience, or MS/MA with 3 years of similar experience.

  • Experience in high temperature ceramics characterization

  • Extensive experience in electrochemical characterization of solid oxide cells and solid-state electrochemistry, including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, current interrupt, equivalent circuit modeling, and distribution of relaxation times

  • Experience in catalysis and electrocatalysis helpful

  • Detail oriented; self-motivated; and works well with deadlines to deliver high quality, timely results.

  • Works well in a team

  • Good writing and communication skills

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.

Closing Statement

The staff member will work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments. Exposure to hazards (high temperatures, rotating equipment, 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 Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2021-04-01

Closing Date: 2021-05-01