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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Polymer Composites Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312570

Directorate: Energy & Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group:Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

The Applied Materials & Manufacturing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a new team member to support and grow research programs in polymer composite materials. We research the compatibility of hydrogen with polymers and composite materials; recycling and upcycling of polymers and composites; polymer matrix-fiber interfacial chemistry; composite materials processing; and novel material processing approaches. Our application interests are broad but include materials used in hydrogen infrastructure and high-strength lightweight materials for vehicles. Our goal is to reduce energy use and to decarbonize our nation’s energy and transportation systems.

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

  • PhD in materials science or engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field with 2 years of industrial or research laboratory experience, or MS/MA with 4 years of similar experience

  • Demonstrated record of publication in top-tier journals and an ability to collaborate and lead within a teaming environment.

  • With qualifications of that caliber, we prefer subject matter expertise in the following areas:

  • Industrially scalable processes for thermoset, thermoplastic, and elastomeric materials, such as compression molding, vacuum assisted resin transfer molding, pultrusion, HP-RTM, injection molding, preforming, compounding rubbers and thermoplastics, and state-of-the art high speed molding processes

  • Chemical compatibility and gas interactions with polymer materials

  • Polymer and composite materials recyclability or biodegradability

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to work hands-on designing and setting up new experiments

  • Composite design, including computer aided modeling, development, and testing

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 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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2021-08-25

Closing Date: 2021-09-18