Share this Job

Technical Staff - Advanced Polymer Composite & Additive Manufacturing

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9357 


We are seeking a Technical Professional Staff member who will focus on manufacturing processes and testing for advanced polymer composites. The successful candidate will be expected to execute research and development tasks at ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility including, but not limited to: operating polymer composite manufacturing systems such as large area thermoplastic extrusion additive manufacturing systems, large scale thermoset additive manufacturing systems, extrusion, compression molding, infusion and thermoforming processes designing test and demonstration articles, preparing and analyzing material samples; analyzing samples; and preparing reports of the results of such analyses. The staff will be expected to collaborate amongst groups focusing on basic and applied research in various fields applicable to the current projects. This position resides in the Composites Innovation Group in the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).



As part of our research team, the candidate will execute tasks necessary to advancement the science of manufacturing with emphasis on polymer composites manufacturing processes especially additive manufacturing processes. Experience in polymer composite materials processing and testing is critical for this position. You will be expected to simultaneously execute multiple projects, contribute to lab set-up, operations, maintenance of equipment, interact with ORNL staff, industry and academic partners.


Major Duites/Responsibilities:  

  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of additive manufacturing and processing of advanced thermoplastic composites
  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of design and manufacturing optimization for additive manufacturing
  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of thermosets additive manufacturing
  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of materials formulations for additive manufacturing
  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of high-rate composite manufacturing
  • Execute tasks for projects in the area of post process of composite structures
  • Characterize polymer composites feedstock materials
  • Prepare polymeric and composite materials and intermediates
  • Contribute to lab set-up and operations
  • Work with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity
  • Interact regularly with senior scientists, program managers, group members, and industrial partners, and prepare and present periodic reports documenting research and development
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Ensure compliance with ORNL operation excellence
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A B.S. in mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related discipline


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years or more work/research experience
  • Experience with polymer additive manufacturing processes
  • Experience with computer aided design (CAD) software and concepts
  • Experience with continuous & discontinuous composite material systems
  • Experience with different polymer characterization and testing methods
  • Experience with R&D environment involving industrial partners
  • An excellent record of productive and creative technical solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville