Field Assisted Sintering Systems Scientist/Engineer
Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: March 28, 2020
Job Title: Field Assisted Sintering Systems Scientist/Engineer
Org: Materials Properties & Performance
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)
Changing the World's Energy Future by Breaking Ground on New
MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy
solutions, other clean energy options and critical
VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment
opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic
Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position is open for an experienced Materials
Scientist/Materials Engineer/Metallurgist experienced in Field
Assisted Sintering Systems. The Department of Materials Science and
Engineering (MSE) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) seeks to
bolster its current expertise in the area of field assisted
sintering or SPS as part of the INLs advanced manufacturing
activities. The position will require R&D in the areas of field
assisted joining, field assisted sintering and respective coupling
to other advanced manufacturing activities, including automation
and high temperature mechanical processing of materials produced by
INL has traditionally excelled in the research, development and
characterization of materials that support multiple types of
advanced energy generation, storage, efficiency and security.
Consequently, this position seeks a candidate with a strong
background in solidification and physical metallurgy, ceramics
processing and, field assisted sintering in general. The candidate
will contribute through application of their established knowledge
in the development of automated processing solutions for complex
net-shape, high-throughput, large-scale, field assisted sintering,
joining and high temperature mechanical and chemical processing.
You are expected to assist in developing R&D programs as well
as support existing programs in the areas of powder processing,
feedstock control, and advanced field assisted sintering. The
application of field assisted joining including dissimilar metal
joints, and processing of 3D metal, ceramic and composite
additively manufactured parts (e.g. from powder bed, directed
energy deposition, etc.) will be engaged. The end applications are
typically focused on components for service in harsh environments
(e.g., extremes of temperature, pressure, high strain rate
applications, etc.) as found in power generation (e.g., nuclear,
fossil fuel, solar, etc.), space / aerospace, and protection
applications such as ballistic armor and blast protection
associated with National Homeland Security. Complimentary expertise
is also desired in materials as well as manufacturing process
development for high-strength, lightweight and/or
creep/oxidation-resistant metal alloys. An ability to integrate
modeling and simulations into development of systems, processes and
automation for materials and advanced materials processing
approaches is also an important skill for this position.
You will be responsible for research and development in the areas
outlined above. As a principal investigator, you will be
responsible for contributing to writing proposals and obtaining
funding from appropriate private and public organizations to
execute work in the areas of interest discussed above. Experience
in leading proposal writing efforts to secure funding will be
considered a plus. As a principal investigator, you will also be
expected to independently guide others in performing a variety of
unique laboratory research studies to prove new principles and
concepts related to advanced materials development. You must also
obtain and retain a security clearance at the Q level.
The ability to grow into a leadership role in developing new
programs associated with advanced materials development and
assessment in support of grand ideas at the departmental,
directorate and lab levels is a prerequisite for this position.
This role also requires the ability to assist the leadership team
in executing the strategic plan of the organization.
Other responsibilities include:
1) Providing input to departmental business plans and performance
of duties of a line management Principal Investigator for assigned
2) Assisting in, and where appropriate, taking the lead in
establishing beneficial collaborative relationship with customers,
technical representatives and field operations personnel seeking
application based advance materials development and deployment.
3) Serving as a technical resource to others, including mentorship
and provision of oversight to junior level scientists
4) Serving as a major or sole contributor to the generation of
reports, publications, and proposals and contribution to the
generation of additional proposals and concepts submitted for
5) Conducting and documenting work at an appropriate quality level,
including collection and interpretation of laboratory data,
planning of research tasks, as well as assessing and applying a
wide range of research techniques to those tasks.
6) Representing the MS&E Department and INL with sponsors and
peers through programmatic and technical presentations. Engage in
external technical leadership associated with relevant technical
conferences or national/international in areas related to main
mission as described above.
PhD in Materials Science/Engineering, mechanical, or chemical
engineering and a minimum of 2 years experience.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Q level security
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25
must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service
System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens,
parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents,
asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind
which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are
exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant
visas. For more information see www.sss.gov.
EMPLOYEE JOB FUNCTIONS
Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working
conditions associated with the position. These functions may also
constitute essential functions for the job position which the
employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.
Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the
applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job
duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or
tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and
workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis
following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other
considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety
Motor Abilities: Standing - prolonged.
Certification Exams: Testing Designated Position (TDP).
PLEASE APPLY BEFORE: March 27, 2020 (Midnight)
ENVIRONMENTAL, SAFETY AND HEALTH STATEMENT
Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and
safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action
policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work
practices or conditions to available cognizant
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