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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Additive Manufacturing of Ferrous Metals

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10382 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a candidate with a background in physical metallurgy of ferrous metals, electrical steels, and magnetic materials with the opportunity to apply these physical metallurgy principles to the processing science of ferrous metals on various advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies such as powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition manufacturing. The candidate will aid staff in conducting high quality research on ferrous metal components fabricated via AM with respect to process-microstructure-property relationships. A background in processing and characterization of materials, and physical metallurgy is preferred. Strong communication and program management 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 Sciences 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, mechanical behavior of materials, heat transfer, and robotics along with close interactions with industry partners. These engagements will play a vital role in ensuring success of programs and the adoption by project sponsors. You will also be involved in proposal writing with our scientists while taking the lead in publishing high impact papers.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work within a committed team of scientists to develop processing science of ferrous alloys
  • Optimize process conditions to produce high performance material and relate the material performance to microstructure use advanced characterization techniques
  • Work with team members to develop new research directions and opportunities within the space of ferrous alloy processing for industrial applications including machine tools, electrification/motor technology, and fusion reactors.
  • Interact with industrial partners, other research organizations, and universities related to advanced manufacturing technologies, and product, systems, and materials development
  • Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing 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
  • Create a culture of innovation, engagement, and safety based on the ORNL core values
  • Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and adapt to ever-changing needs with the proven ability to function well and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to work with a measure of autonomy and a willingness to participate creatively in a collaborative, team environment
  • Perform all other duties and special projects as assigned


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Materials Science, Metalurgical Engineering, or related discipline completed within the last five years


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in physical metallurgy in ferrous metals, shape memory alloys, magnetic materials, high temperature alloys through AM Experience with electrical steels, magnetic materials, fusion materials, metal tooling and manufacturing technologies
  • Experience with characterization tools necessary to understand structure-property relationships of ferrous metals, magnetic materials, and shape memory alloys
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journal papers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international, scientific audience


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 for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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