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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Nondestructive Evaluation in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310217

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering and Analysis

Job Description

This position will involve design, fabrication, and evaluation of novel acoustic/optic sensors. Sensor design work will require proficiency with acoustic and electromechanical modeling suites such as ANSYS and other tools for informing design of multi-modal sensors for harsh condition monitoring. Fabrication of concept sensors will involve use of thin film deposition laboratories. Sensor fabrication and thin film work will be done in collaboration with thin film experts at PNNL. Evaluation of novel sensors will require use of non-destructive evaluation laboratories and include testing and evaluation of sensing concept designs in a variety of environmental conditions.

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.

U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications

This position requires experience with acoustic methods, nonlinear acoustics, surface acoustic wave sensor development, and acoustic modeling. Experience in material science and acoustic/electro-mechanical modeling is required for design/development of multimodal sensors. Signal processing and data analytics expertise is needed for evaluating experimental sensor data.

Preferred Education/Credential

Qualified applicants must have completed requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related Science/Engineering fields before the start date of the employment. Studies must be relevant to acoustics, non-destructive testing/evaluation, materials science, acoustic and/or electro-mechanical modeling, signal processing and data analytics. Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher 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

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

Hazards encountered will be relevant to acoustic sensor development and testing including use of lasers, high voltage, compressed gas, vacuum chambers, radiation generating devices, pressure systems, and high temperatures. Appropriate controls are in place to reduce risk and mitigate laboratory hazards.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Opening Date: 2020-01-06

Closing Date: 2020-01-20