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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer – Cryogenic Gas Liquefaction in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312272

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group:Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

The Advanced Energy Systems group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has a history of developing innovative solutions to problems of national significance in energy, global climate change, and national security. The Advanced Energy Systems group is currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer to support their programs in cryogenic gas liquefaction. The position will work with other PNNL scientists and engineers in the development of new materials and processes associated with magnetocalorics and cryogenic gas liquefaction systems. The ideal candidate is a well-organized, self-starter, with a high capacity for attention to detail. Verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills, are essential in order to balance activities among several concurrently operating projects.

Specific position responsibilities include the following:

  • Supporting the development of PNNL’s cryogenic gas liquefaction technology. This includes designing high-tolerance mechanical designs assembled at room temperature and operated at cryogenic temperatures under mechanical, thermal, and magnetic loads.

  • Supporting multiple projects and performing assigned project tasks and meeting deliverables and project milestones on time and within budget, all without appreciable direction.

  • Assisting in the development of and following written procedures for operating laboratory test systems involving high pressures, low temperatures, electromagnetic and chemical hazards.

  • Evaluating experimental results and writing recurring progress reports. Serving as a lead or contributing author for publications.

  • Developing new equipment designs and processes using CAD and multi-physics modeling tools.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Mechanical Engineer 2 – BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, PhD with 0 years of experience.

  • Mechanical Engineer 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. degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy security clearance which requires US citizenship.

  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written, and the ability to clearly communicate objectives and results.

  • A solid understanding of how to develop and follow safety planning procedures for industrial equipment and processes involving multiple hazards including flammable gases, high pressures, low temperatures, electromagnetics, and chemicals.

  • Demonstrated successful project or task management experience.

  • Design experience with 3D CAD systems, preferably SolidWorks and/or Creo.

  • Fundamental understanding of system-level thermodynamics, heat and mass transport, and application experience via multi-physics tools, such as COMSOL.

  • Prior experience with cryogenic refrigeration design and operation, preferably with magnetocaloric technology.

  • Experience working with a diverse set of government and/or industry teams with multiple roles as principal investigator on significantly complex and/or high-risk projects.

  • Experience with additive manufacturing, extrusion, micro-tape casting, plasma spray, or other precision techniques which could be used to fabricate high-specific-area structures with rare-earth materials or high-strength, low thermally conductive materials used in cryogenic composite components.

  • Excellent technical writing skills and a track record of peer-reviewed journal publications.

  • Ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals to government and private clients.

  • Operating knowledge of a variety of processing equipment, such as pumps, motors, thermocouples, pressure transducers, etc.

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

  • Laboratory work performed will include assembly and operation of equipment in an industrial laboratory setting, involving cryogenic, flammable and toxic materials.

  • This position will require the ability to work hours beyond normal working schedules, including some evenings and weekends.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2021-06-18

Closing Date: 2021-08-08