Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Scientist – Materials Science and Engineering in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308565

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Chemical & Biological Signature Sciences

Job Description

The Chemical & Biological Signature Sciences Group within the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking an outstanding scientist to join a collaborative group of researchers focused on pushing the frontiers of integrated computational and experimental materials science. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, capable researcher with significant hands-on experience in conducting multi-scale computational modeling and simulation of a wide range of materials. As part of a multidisciplinary team working to solve some of the most serious problems in national security, they will work on developing new techniques for the close coupling of modeling and simulation with experimental validation, and will demonstrate how this close coupling leads to more information-rich and streamlined measurement, as well as better modeling and simulation. In addition to conducting world class research, they will be publishing papers and developing relationships with national security sponsors that will lead to longer term opportunities for leadership and personal growth, inclusing possibilities to interact with internal and external stakeholders to grow PNNL’s capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience performing multi-scale computational modeling and simulation of a wide range of materials

• Demonstrated experience conducting targeted modeling and simulation of materials properties and structure aimed at understanding how the materials’ synthesis and/or production methods drive chemical and physical structure

• Demonstrated experience conducting experimental validation of computational models/simulations ranging from engineering measurements of physical properties (e.g., hardness, ductility, porosity) to high resolution analytical measurements (e.g., x-rays, electron techniques, mass spectrometry)

• Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across multiple disciplines to solve complex problems in materials science

• Demonstrated ability to direct dynamic, multi-disciplinary research teams

• Significant record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences, or an equivalent demonstration of productivity in technical open or classified reports

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

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

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience modeling/simulating and measuring/characterizing multiple materials systems, ranging from polymeric to metallic

• Experience compiling modeling/simulation packages for deployment in an HPC environment

• Experience with additive manufacturing techniques

• Experience in machine learning and data science

• PhD in integrated computational materials engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science or related 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

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 Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Chem & Biologic Signature Sci

Opening Date: 2018-11-06

Closing Date: 2019-01-04