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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bach Research Associate - Polymer Composites Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310053

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

We seek an outstanding engineer with expertise in polymers and composite materials and a strong mechanical aptitude to join our team. The Applied Materials & Manufacturing group at PNNL develops high performance materials and innovative processing approaches for manufacturing. This position will support business lines associated with next generation lightweight vehicles, hydrogen-based energy systems, and other markets where improvements in materials performance are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients.

This position will involve hands-on, day-to-day processing, testing, and characterization of polymer composite materials for structural applications. The position holder will support staff studying the strength and degradation of polymers and elastomers in extreme environments, such as cryogenic conditions or high-pressure hydrogen. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to help characterize the materials’ chemical and physical properties and to support the development new materials and processing approaches that result in improved reliability and durability.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

Required skills:

  • Experience in mechanical property testing, testing equipment, and data analysis; prior experience with polymeric and elastomeric materials preferred

  • Demonstrated proficiency in accurate data collection, analysis, and reporting at a level acceptable for publication in scientific journals

  • Computer programming skills

  • Mechanical drawing skills

  • Experience in materials characterization: DSC, TGA, TEM, SEM, DMA, tribology, FTIR, NMR, etc.

In addition, the following will be helpful for success:

  • Drive for self-improvement and for developing new job skills

  • Good communications skills (both oral and written), including the ability to communicate clearly the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of the research work

  • Ability to work in teams with a diverse set of research staff, deliver on project tasks, and accommodate rapid and sometimes demanding schedules.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Composites Engineering, or related field.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Matl's & Manufacturing

Opening Date: 2019-10-30

Closing Date: 2019-11-29