Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Science

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7117068 (Ref:414522)

Posted: November 30, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Applied Materials Division is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Science or Ceramics Engineering to conduct independent research in advanced materials processing, particularly using powder processing, additive manufacturing techniques, and high temperature densification.  Experience with carbide, nitride, boride systems and their composites is desirable. Performs collaborative research with internal and external scientists, including planning, designing, and executing materials and process development experiments.  Develops novel materials concepts for data collection, reduction, and analysis.  Periodically, conducts microstructural and mechanical characterizations on the materials being investigated.  Reports relevant results in an appropriate form, with an emphasis on scientific journals. 

Position Requirements

  • A recent (0-2 years) Ph.D. Degree in Materials Science, Ceramics Engineering, or related field.

  • Hands-on experience with material processing techniques (ceramic powder processing, binder jet manufacturing, digital light processing, melt infiltration, spark plasma sintering, hot-pressing, and pressure less sintering, etc).

  • Experience with advanced characterizations, including XRD, SEM, TEM, EDAX, fracture/fatigue properties.

  • Skills and organization in data processing, evaluation, and interpretation.

  • Programming experience with Matlab and data processing software.

  • Ability to present reports at meetings or conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication.

  • Skilled oral and written communication skills at all levels of the organization.

  • Proven ability to be an excellent team player.

  • A high commitment to safety.

  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s core values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in hands-on processing of ceramics and composites.

  • Prior experience in powder metallurgy.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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Job posting number:#7117068 (Ref:414522)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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