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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Solid Phase Processing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312702

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

Are you interested in learning state-of-the-art approaches to metals manufacturing? The Applied Materials and Manufacturing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a mechanical or materials engineer to support research in friction stir processing metals. Selective friction stir processing can result in local microstructural changes which in turn results in modified mechanical properties. This internship position will work with PNNL researchers to understand how processing conditions affect microstructural and mechanical properties.

This position requires someone who wants to be “hands on” with machinery and develop industrially relevant processes to generate materials with specific microstructure. Applicants should have a strong background in mechanical property assessments, especially in the field of formability of metals, but also have some knowledge of physical, mechanical, and process metallurgy.

The position holder will:

  • Research, plan, design, and conduct experiments involving friction stir processed metals and analyze results.

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

  • 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

Demonstrated aptitude with mechanical equipment and machining is required.

Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, materials science, or related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred.

Experience in solid phase processing approaches (e.g. friction stir welding) or traditional thermomechanical processing of metals

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to 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: 2021-09-14

Closing Date: 2021-09-27