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.
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.
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
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.
An excellent compensation and benefits package offered including medical, dental, prescription, vision, life insurance, pension, 401K and a full relocation package to Richland, WA.