Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Materials Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307804

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

Do you have a passion for materials discovery and application to real-world engineering challenges? Do you want to work with extraordinary multi-disciplinary teams of researchers to develop the next generation of energy systems and transportation technologies? If so, the Applied Materials & Performance group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a mechanical or materials engineer who has a strong skill set in metallurgy and materials science to contribute to the development and application of high performance materials and innovative processing approaches for manufacturing. This position will support business lines associated with next generation lightweight vehicles, nuclear systems, and other markets where improvements in materials performance are of interest to the Department of Energy and other clients.

The position holder will:

  • Apply principles of engineering, physics, and materials science as well as an understanding of core areas including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, structural analysis, metallurgy, and electrical properties to design and analyze high performance materials and processing approaches relevant to many applications, including the transportation and nuclear sectors.

  • Research, plan, design, and develop mechanical and other specialty testing and material processing systems.

  • Collaborate with highly diverse research staff in the following technical areas:

  • Development and characterization of high strength lightweight materials for vehicles,

  • Development, characterization and processing of high strength materials for operation in extreme conditions,

  • Characterization and modeling of the microstructure and behavior of materials under various operating and environmental conditions ,

  • Advanced forming, joining and manufacturing processes for metals,

  • Topics in mechanical metallurgy and applied mechanics, including design of experiments and application for materials development.

  • Propose, develop and execute original ideas to solve science and engineering problems, serving as principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy or related field with 3 or more years of industrial or research laboratory experience

  • Experience as principal investigator on multiple or significantly complex and/or high-risk projects or tasks

  • Experience in designing and executing experimental projects in brazing, extrusion, rolling or other forms of thermomechanical processing for metallic alloy systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to select and conduct tests in the area of metallic corrosion.

  • Knowledge of physical and/or mechanical metallurgy, with the ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges.

  • An established professional reputation for technical expertise and technical leadership within the field

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

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • The staff member 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: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Applied Matl's & Performance

Opening Date: 2018-05-21

Closing Date: 2018-11-18