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PhD Intern - Physical Metallurgy - Shear Deformation
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington
Date Posted 02/08/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311627

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Material Science

Job Description

The Opportunity: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven students come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in experimental materials science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a student intern in the materials sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the solid state process-microstructure-mechanical property relationships in structural and functional materials. You will be mentored by prominent researchers in materials science, as you develop a line of experiments working to understand the deformation mechanisms involved in friction assisted shear processing of metals in solid state. You will also work to better understand shear processes such as sub-surface shear deformed microstructures created by wear tracks using a pin-on-disc tribometer and electron microscopy. This position will use some capabilities based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE User Facility on the PNNL campus.

The Ideal Candidate : If you are a current graduate student ready to test your talents and training in materials sciences and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct tribology experiments on metals and alloys.

  • Observe the microstructure evolution using scanning electron microscopy outfitted with BSED, EBSD and EDS detectors.

  • Prepare samples for transmission electron microscopy using ion etching and focused ion beam.

  • Conduct indentation test using instrumented hardness tester and pico-indentor.

  • Present research findings at project/program review meetings.

  • Participate in the development of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

About PNNL: At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training Necessary for Position (not all need to be met) :

Experience with wear testing using pin-on-disc tribometer.

Experience with using electron microscopy based techniques for microstructural analysis.

Demonstrated experience in sample preparations using focused ion beam (FIB) methodology.

Experience with nano-indentation testingA functional grasp of microstructure-mechanical property relationships.

Ability to work independently and take initiative in the completion of tasks important to the project. These include preparation of first drafts of papers for peer-reviewed journals and technical presentations at scientific conferences.

Preferred Education/Credential:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or equivalent.

Pursuing a doctoral degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or equivalent. Strong verbal and written communications skills.

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

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.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2021-02-06

Closing Date: 2021-02-21

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