Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physical Metallurgy of Ferrous Alloys

Date: Jun 19, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 13079 




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. You 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.  More information about our research programs in this Section may be found at


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


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


Special Requirements:


Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.


Instructions to upload documents to your candidate profile:

  • Login to your account via
  • View Profile
  • Under the My Documents section, select Add a Document


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.



Benefits at ORNL: 


ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.








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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email

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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville