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
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.
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.
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
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
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