Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Polymer Composites Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308714

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

Are you an outstanding scientist with an emerging national reputation in the area of polymer composites? The Applied Materials & Manufacturing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a new team member to support and grow research programs in high-strength lightweight materials for vehicles, with the goal of reducing energy use in the nation’s transportation sector. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in bio-based materials; polymer matrix-fiber interfacial chemistry; composite materials processing; and/or novel processing approaches.

The candidate will lead research teams and develop and propose new ideas. He or she will provide technical direction to research projects, collaborate broadly with highly diverse researchers, manage project execution, and mentor junior staff. The position holder will participate in the larger technical community by authoring manuscripts for publication and presenting at (and organizing sessions at) national meetings. He or she will also be expected to originate and develop intellectual property that can be patented and licensed commercially.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in materials science or engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field with 5 years of industrial or research laboratory experience, or MS/MA with 7 years of similar experience

  • A professional reputation for technical expertise and technical leadership within the field

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

  • Demonstrated record of publication in top-tier journals and an ability to collaborate and lead within a teaming environment.

With qualifications of that caliber, we prefer subject matter expertise in the following areas:

  • Bio-based polymer composites, recyclability, or biodegradability, or in matrix-fiber interfacial chemistry

  • Industrially scalable composites processing approaches, such as compression molding, pultrusion, HP-RTM, injection molding, prepreg development, preforming, and in state-of-the art high speed molding processes

  • Composite design and modeling

  • Polymeric and elastomeric materials characterization, such as DSC, TGA, TEM, SEM, DMA, tribology, FTIR, NMR, and other tools

  • Polymer and elastomer materials processes in both thermoplastic and thermosetting materials

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Matl's & Manufacturing

Opening Date: 2018-12-13

Closing Date: 2019-02-09