Postdoctoral Appointee- Nuclear Materials

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, USA

Job posting number: #7163107 (Ref:416417)

Posted: August 23, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

This postdoctoral appointee will be working in the Nuclear Materials group in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. A postdoctoral position is open for a candidate with expertise and experience in experimental research on metallic materials for high temperature structural applications in nuclear reactors. The candidate should possess a good working knowledge of materials manufacturing using laser additive techniques, microstructural characterization using electron microscopy and x-ray imaging/diffraction, and high-temperature mechanical testing. Knowledge and experience on the effect of neutron and ion irradiation on structural materials performance are a plus. Knowledge and experience on in-situ monitoring of laser additive manufacturing processes is a plus.

  • Assist in laser additive manufacturing of metallic materials including process refinement and in-situ process monitoring.

  • Perform microstructural characterization with optical microscopy, scanning electron.

  • Microscopy, focused ion beam, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray techniques.

  • Conduct mechanical property testing and data analysis.

  • Collaborate with others to develop new research directions and opportunities in additive manufacturing for energy applications.

  • Present and report research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.

Position Requirements

  • PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines completed within the past 3 years.

  • Background in physical metallurgy and nuclear materials science of structural alloys.

  • Knowledge and experience in additive manufacturing technologies such as laser powder bed.

  • fusion and directed energy deposition.

  • Experience in microstructural characterization at various length scales with a broad range of characterization techniques

  • Experience in mechanical property testing to understand the structure-property relationships.

  • Understanding of environmental effects including irradiation, corrosion and high temperature in nuclear reactor materials is a plus.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • A strong record of publications that demonstrates productive research.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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