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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Solid Phase Processing Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311481

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Energy Processes and Materials Division

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing Group

Job Description

The Applied Materials and Manufacturing group is seeking an outstanding research engineer to be part of our team of experts in solid phase processing (SPP). This is an opportunity to be part of a world-class, interdisciplinary research program that is pushing the envelope on next generation metals manufacturing for a variety of technology markets. This position will be hands-on with SPP technologies including friction stir welding and consolidation, shear-assisted processing and extrusion (ShAPE), and/or cold spray. The position holder will work with a team of materials scientists and mechanical engineers where the overarching research area is focused on understanding the physics of microstructural evolution in materials subjected to high shear processing conditions. As such, the ideal candidate should possess:

  • An ability to develop creative conceptual ideas and be responsible for coordinating aspects of the design-build-test process.

  • A working knowledge of metallurgy and materials selection to successfully merge ongoing research with processing and machine design developments across multiple platforms.

  • A strong background in machine and tooling design coupled with SolidWorks/CAD along with finite element analysis packages and/or thermal modeling.

  • Experience with industrial robot operation and use.

  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail, as this position will require coordination of fabrication details with machinists.

  • Excellent critical analysis and trouble-shooting skills.

  • An ability to draft recommendations and advise senior researchers in the work to ASTM/ISO material testing standards.

  • A familiarity with clean sheet design is a plus.

As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to focus and further develop your skills on developing unique material- and application-specific processing approaches, protocols, and parameters for manufacturing applications and component repair. Specific duties will include design of equipment, tooling, and fixtures as well as adaptation of these for use with industrial robots and prototypical manufacturing equipment. The successful candidate can expect to communicate research context and findings, both internally and externally, and develop new ideas for research. Progress and growth of responsibilities in this position will include leading small teams and engineering tasks/projects, in addition to producing project reports/manuscripts for external release.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 2: Building reputation through application of science and engineering principles and theories. Develops technical approaches to solve challenges. Builds a technical network within PNNL and teams with others to optimize research. Mentors junior staff and students. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Presents at national or international forums. Leads elements or sections of journal articles, reports, and other technical products.

Level 3: Established local reputation and developing external reputation with specialization in at least one technical domain. Builds effective project teams internally and serves as principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical sections of small to medium proposals. Mentors junior staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, PhD with 1 year of experience

  • Graduate degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, or related field. Demonstrated proficiency in the safe operation of mechanical equipment and in accurate data collection, analysis, and reporting.

  • Demonstrated ability to design (conceptual through full design embodiment), analyze, build, and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Experience in mechanical testing of materials using standard methods and test equipment.

  • Understanding of structure/property relationships in metals.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research motivation, approach selection, and results to a variety of audiences.

  • Track record of publication.

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

The staff member will work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments. Exposure to hazards (high temperatures, rotating equipment, chemicals, electrical hazards, etc.) are kept to a minimum and mitigated through the use of controls and the maintenance of a safety-conscious work environment.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Applied Materials & Manufactur

Opening Date: 2020-12-18

Closing Date: 2021-01-31