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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Solid Phase Processing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311249

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

Are you interested in learning state-of-the-art approaches to metals manufacturing? The Applied Materials and Manufacturing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a mechanical engineer or materials engineer to support research in extrusion of composite materials with high electrical and thermal conductivity using Shear-Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE™). ShAPE™ is less energy-intensive, requires fewer manufacturing steps, and can produce materials with better properties because no melting is involved. This position requires someone who wants to be “hands on” with machinery and develop industrially relevant processes to generate materials with specific microstructure. Applicants should have a strong background in thermomechanical processing methods but also have some knowledge of physical, mechanical, and process metallurgy so that they can work with metallurgists to design intended processing conditions.

The position holder will contribute to the development and application of high performance materials and innovative processing approaches, supporting business lines associated with next generation lightweight vehicles, nuclear systems, and other markets where improvements in materials performance and energy efficiency are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients. The position holder will:

  • Research, plan, design, and conduct experiments involving ShAPE and other specialty processing or testing systems.

  • Collaborate with others to develop individual steps and combined processes for manufacturing composite materials as well as finishing, treating, and strengthening them.

  • Relate microstructure and properties of materials to operating conditions and external factors.

  • Document the results in reports and peer-reviewed publications.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, materials science, or related field

Experience in electrical and mechanical properties testing as well as solid phase processing approaches (e.g. friction stir welding) or traditional thermomechanical processing of metals (extrusion, rolling, stamping, etc.)

Strong team player

Ability to perform work with the level of quality and timeliness to meet required project and client expectations.

Appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly articulate research objectives and outcomes.

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

The position holder will work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments. Exposure to mechanical hazards, chemicals, 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: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-10-01

Closing Date: 2020-10-31