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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate – Metallurgy/Aluminum Processing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311362

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

The Applied Materials & Manufacturing group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a metallurgist/materials scientist with expertise in aluminum alloys to contribute the research efforts on integration of high strength aluminum sheets and castings into transportation technologies. Research will focus on development of thermo-mechanical processing and heat-treatment techniques for sheet and cast aluminum alloys, with the main goal of increasing ductility and fatigue resistance through microstructure refinement and texture control. The candidate will perform or assist with the processing and mechanical testing such as tension, fatigue, formability, hardness, etc. The candidate will perform or assist with sample preparation and microstructural analysis, such as for optical metallography, SEM, TEM, etc. in order to track the microstructure and texture evolution. The candidate will be responsible for preparing and handling test samples, coordinate activities with support staff and project team, plotting and analyzing test data, and creating high-quality reports, journal publications, and presentations.

Required Skills:

  • Expertise in physical metallurgy, thermo-mechanical processing (e.g., rolling, extrusion, heat-treatment) and casting of Al alloys.

  • Ability to analyze microstructural data (e.g., optical metallography, SEM, TEM, EBSD, XRD, EDS, APT, etc.) and correlate to mechanical properties in metallic alloys.

  • Experience in performing and analyzing data from synchrotron beam-line experiments

  • Hands-on experience with mechanical testing and plotting and analyzing stress-strain/fatigue data.

  • The ability to organize research data in the context of the technical literature into high-quality presentations and publications in high-impact journals.

  • Attention to detail in the laboratory

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in metallurgy, materials science and engineering, or related field from an accredited college or university, preferably with thesis work in physical metallurgy of Al-alloys. 3.75 GPA or higher is preferred.

Desirable skills:

  • Expertise in precipitation strengthening of Al alloys

  • Hands-on experience with performing formability tests, understanding of sheet metal formability and forming limit diagrams, and experience in using strain measurement and mapping techniques to quantify sheet metal formability

  • Experience in performing metal (Al) casting, design molds, solidification modeling (e.g. Pro-CAST).

  • Experience with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and other thermal analysis techniques

  • Hands-on experience with furnaces and ovens for heat treatment

  • Experience with plasticity modeling

  • Proficiency in data plotting software (e.g. Excel, KaleidaGraph, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), image processing (Photoshop), and engineering drawing software (e.g., AutoCAD/SolidWorks).Experience with writing macros for automating data gathering and plotting is a plus.

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-11-09

Closing Date: 2020-12-09