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Postdoctoral Research Associate - High Temperature Materials Manufacturing

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9333 


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 Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Group in the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on manufacturing of high temperature materials for advanced applications. You will work with monolithic ceramics, ceramic composites, and carbon/carbon. You will conduct experimental research with additive manufacturing, robocasting, lithography, composite layup and forming, infiltration and densification of high-performance materials. If selected, you will be expected to collaborate amongst groups focusing on basic and applied research in various fields applicable to the current projects.


As part of our research team, you will be among team members based at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) first facility established to provide affordable and convenient access to R&D expertise, facilities, and tools to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing of alloys, ceramics, and composites. To improve the capabilities of this facility with ceramics and carbon/carbon additive manufacturing, you will help aid the effort to maintain ceramics and composites programs for strategic energy applications. You will perform the fundamental science to improve materials selection and processing of ceramics and carbon-based composites with traditional and additive manufacturing platforms of various and numerous kinds; publish original peer reviewed research articles; and supervise students, technicians and staff.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work to link information to improve research derived at the processing and advanced characterization levels
  • Research high temperature materials for advanced and additive manufacturing in energy and defense applications
  • Perform advanced ceramic and carbon characterization including EPMA, STEM, and RAMAN
  • 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, Ceramic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in ceramics and composites processing
  • Experience in the following areas: ceramic processing, composites processing, additive manufacturing, stereolithography, direct ink write, advanced ceramic characterization, and 3D characterization of materials


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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


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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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Special Requirements: 

Export Controls, No Clearance: 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.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 


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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