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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311221

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

We seek an outstanding researcher with expertise in plastics and polymer composite materials, with an emphasis on understanding and predicting crack damage during slow crack growth in polymeric materials. The Applied Materials & Manufacturing Group at PNNL develops high performance materials and innovative manufacturing processing approaches. We work to reduce the impact of materials and their manufacture on the environment, and we also research the impact of the working environment on material performance. This position will support business lines associated lightweight vehicle components, energy storage and delivery systems, and other markets where predictive understanding of the structure and properties of polymer materials over their service life are of interest to the Department of Energy and other sponsors.

This position will be hands-on and involve sample preparation, testing, and characterization of polymers and composite materials. The position holder will prepare test items and build test systems for measuring the performance of polymers in challenging environments. Their primary responsibility will be to characterize material chemical, physical, and mechanical properties and to help inform models and methods to understand and predict material lifetime performance.

The position holder will:

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

  • Collaborate with others to develop individual steps and combined processes for processing plastic and composite materials.

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

  • Analyze and predict material lifetime performance from experimental conditions

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

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

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

  • Experience in polymer processing approaches

  • Understanding of mechanisms of creep, slow crack growth, and fatigue in polymeric materials

  • Understanding of environmental stress cracking mechanisms in polymeric materials

  • Predictive modeling skills in lifetime material property predictions

  • 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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-09-23

Closing Date: 2020-10-23