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Idaho National Lab (INL) will change the world’s energy future and secure our infrastructure! Join us - innovate the future!


The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at INL is seeking applicants for an experienced Welding Engineer/Materials Scientist/Materials Engineer/Metallurgist at the Ph.D level. The (MSE) Department seeks to bolster its current expertise in joining and advanced manufacturing. The position will require R&D in advanced manufacturing and joining, including welding and 3D metal printing, especially wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), as well as casting/solidification. Thermomechanical processing to support alloy development is also welcomed. 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 an individual with a strong background in solidification and physical metallurgy, in general, as well as a strong background in the area of fusion welding. This individual is expected to develop R&D programs as well as support existing programs in the areas of fusion welding (arc, laser, hybrid laser arc welding, etc.), including dissimilar metal joints, and 3D metal printing (wire arc additive manufacturing, powder bed, directed energy deposition, etc.). The end applications are typically focused on component 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.) 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, light-weight and/or creep/oxidation-resistant metal alloys. An ability to integrate modeling and simulations into development of materials and advanced materials processing approaches is also an important skill for this position.


This role is responsible for research and development, and leading team(s) in the areas outlined above. As a principal investigator, they'll be responsible for writing proposals and obtaining funding from appropriate private and public organizations to execute work in the areas of interest discussed above. They 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.


The ability to take 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 role. This role also requires one to assist the leadership team in executing the strategic plan of the organization.


Other responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with departmental business plans and performance of duties of a line management Principal Investigator for assigned work activities.
  • Taking a lead in establishing beneficial collaborative relationship with customers, technical representatives and field operations personnel seeking application based advance materials development and deployment.
  • Acting as a technical resource to others, including mentorship and guidance to junior level scientists
  • Serving as a major or sole contributor report generation, publications, proposals and contribution to the generation of additional proposals and concepts submitted for external funding.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Welding Engineering, Materials Scientist, Materials Engineering, or Metallurgist and two years experience, a Master’s degree and 1 year of experience, or a PhD
  • The ability to obtain and retain a security clearance at the Q level (US citizen)


Preferred Requirements

  • PhD and 2 Years of Experience

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