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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Additive Manufacturing and Characterization of Steels

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5993 


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will aid the research staff in understanding the process-microstructure-property relationships in steel components fabricated via different additive manufacturing (AM) processes such as binder jet AM, laser powder bed AM and wire arc AM. A background in physical metallurgy is preferred. Strong materials characterization skills are required. This position resides in the Deposition Science and Technology Group at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) in the Manufacturing Sciences Division (MSD), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 


As part of our research team, you will engage with researchers with various backgrounds such as materials science, heat transfer, and robotics along with close interaction with industry partners. These engagements will play a vital role in developing your interpersonal skills and network across academia and industries. You will also be involved in proposal writing with our scientists while taking the lead in publishing high impact papers that are important for careers in both academia and industry.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work within a committed team of engineers and scientists to fabricate and characterize steels via different additive manufacturing technologies
  • Utilize techniques such as optical microscopy, computed tomography (CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for microstructural characterization of the materials
  • Conduct mechanical testing of materials using techniques such as but not limited to hardness measurements, monotonic tensile testing, fracture toughness measurements, and fatigue testing
  • 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
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Materials Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A background in additive manufacturing technologies such as binder jet AM, laser powder bed AM is required
  • Proficiency in characterization techniques such as SEM, EBSD, TEM, and XCT is required
  • A thorough understanding of steel microstructures is preferred
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
  • 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 ever changing needs


Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


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