Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physical Metallurgy of Ferrous Alloys

Date: May 24, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10629 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is a highly motivated individual with expertise in the physical metallurgy of ferrous alloys. The candidate will join a research team that is focusing on advanced ferrous alloys for a wide variety of high temperature and ambient temperature applications. Mechanical, tribological, thermal, and oxidation properties and their co-optimization through alloy design and processing are specific areas of interest. Processing approaches of interest include casting, wrought and additive manufacturing. The initial focus of the position will be primarily aimed towards the application and development of advanced alloys and processing pathways for automotive applications.


This position resides in the Materials Structures and Processing Section, Materials Sciences and Technology Division, Physical Sciences Directorate at ORNL.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Understand the processing-microstructure-property relationships in various ferrous alloy systems
  • Identify and perform the necessary chemistry and processing modifications to meet target alloy properties for various manufacturing routes
  • Apply advanced characterization and modeling techniques and make fundamental contributions to the field
  • Interact with other researchers, technicians, and students to drive the research agenda
  • 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
  • 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 PhD in materials science and engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • A strong background in physical metallurgy


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in physical metallurgy of ferrous alloys
  • Background in casting, wrought processing, and/or additive manufacturing of ferrous alloys
  • Experience with testing, evaluation, and/or co-optimization of mechanical, thermal, oxidation, and tribological properties of materials
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or reports
  • 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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