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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Polymer Materials Aging and Degradation in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309433

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Manufacturing

Job Description

We seek an outstanding researcher with expertise in plastics and polymer composite materials to join our team. The Applied Materials & Manufacturing Group at PNNL develops high performance materials and innovative manufacturing processing approaches, along with an enabling understanding of environment-dependent material performance. This position will support business lines associated with lightweight vehicles, bio-based materials, energy systems, and other markets where predictive understanding of new and existing polymer materials are of interest to the Department of Energy and other sponsors.

This position will be hands-on and involve processing, testing, and characterization of polymer composite materials for industrial applications. The position holder will explore degradation of polymers and elastomers in challenging environments, such as ionizing radiation and elevated temperature. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to characterize material chemical, physical and mechanical properties and to help evolve models and methods to understand and predict material condition. The successful candidate can expect to prepare manuscripts for publication, present research internally and externally, and develop new ideas for research.

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

Required skills:

  • Experience in chemical, physical and mechanical testing of polymeric and/or elastomeric materials using standard methods, testing equipment, data analysis:

  • For properties such as tensile, flexural, density, electrical, color

  • Using techniques such as thermal analysis, microscopy, spectroscopy

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

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research motivation, results, and details

Desired skills:

  • Proficiency with data acquisition, analysis, presentation and modeling tools such as R, Matlab, ANSYS, Comsol, LabView

  • Proficiency with computer aided drafting tools such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD

  • Strong desire to publish research results

In addition, the following will be helpful for success:

  • Drive for self-improvement, new job skill development and continuous learning

  • Ability to plan and execute daily work independently and resourcefully

  • Good oral and written communications skills, including ability to clearly communicate goals, key details, and outcomes of research

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

Ph.D. in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Composites Engineering, or related field

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

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: 2019-06-03

Closing Date: 2019-07-03