Technical Staff - Deposition Science and Technology Group

Date: Jun 8, 2023

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10536 

We are seeking a Technical Staff Member with experience in metal deposition additive manufacturing (AM) to support research in electron beam melting and laser powder bed systems. This position resides in the Deposition Science and Technology Group in the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD), Energy Technology and Science Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

As part of our research team, you will be based at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and work alongside a diverse team of scientists on the development of materials and equipment and processing techniques for reliability of metals additive manufacturing depositions through in-situ process monitoring, data analytics, and routine machine maintenance. You will be expected to perform manufacturing tasks, operate additive manufacturing equipment, design experimental build geometries, utilize data analytic tools for reports and presentations, and perform collaborative work to support research efforts on metals additive manufacturing systems to support internal and external project customers.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform manufacturing tasks supporting research in the area of metals additive manufacturing depositions (Electron beam melting, selective laser melting, directed energy depositions) and analyze experiments establishing correlations between process and microstructure
  • Oversee additive manufacturing equipment including both laser and electron beam powder bed including breakdown, setup of equipment, maintenance and operation
  • Work with the design team on designing for additive manufacturing
  • Design build layouts and geometries with computer automated design programs
  • Oversee operations of equipment, organize projects, and notify users of equipment status on a weekly basis
  • Standardize operations of equipment including digital data, design files, and other aspects of AM Optimize scan strategies by working closely with computer scientists
  • Communicate frequently and effectively to all team members
  • Present and report research results in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field or B.S. degree and two years of experience
  • Hands on experience with 3D printing, metal deposition experience, or conventional manufacturing
  • Understanding of the basics of metallurgical materials science and mechanical behavior of materials
  • Experience using commercial CAD software’s for designing and modifying digital part files


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field
  • Background in metal deposition, powder-bed additive manufacturing (electron beam melting, selective laser melting, directed energy deposition)
  • Background and knowledge of high temperature materials such as refractory systems and Ni based superalloys
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Programming experience in scripting languages such as Python, Matlab, C++
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to changing needs
  • Experience with conventional manufacturing
  • Experience with analysis of data from non-destructive evaluation techniques such as computed tomography


Special Requirement:
This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license, which requires U.S. Citizenship or LPR (Lawful Permanent Residence).


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.

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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.

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