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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Materials Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310490

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group: Disruptive Technology

Job Description

The Disruptive Technology (DT) group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, communications, analytics development, and systems design to serve as a flywheel for feeding technology advancements across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from mission focused, highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.

The DT group is seeking a recently graduated candidate with a PhD in Materials Scientist, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline to contribute to research and development of applied computational phase field and finite element modeling. The position will be focused on supporting and directing ongoing efforts in the development of predictive multi-scale models, designed to reduce the time required to discover new materials, processing methods, and/or treatments for enhanced performance.

Staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest. The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic with a mindset for continuous improvement. The abilities to multitask and to work both independently and as part of a team are essential. A demonstrated ability to analyze data and publish results is required.

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

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at scientific conferences

  • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse teams

  • Demonstrated technical aptitude in solid mechanics, continuum mechanics, finite element methods, phase field methods, and/or computational fluid dynamics

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Preferred Education

A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field. A Cumulative GPA of 3.00 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

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

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2020-02-13

Closing Date: 2020-03-05