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Group Lead - Materials Properties and Performance

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: September 6, 2022
Reference Code: 18344
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Materials Properties group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Group Lead - Materials Properties and Performance.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research and Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide technical, strategic, and human capital leadership for the Materials Properties and Performance group, within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This group oversees and leads the research, development and deployment (RD&D) associated with materials discovery, design, properties, characteristics and performance. As an integral part of the Materials Science and Engineering department, this group is also involved in developing, designing and improvement of materials characterization techniques and equipment. Group leadership duties are expected to constitute 20-30% of effort, while the remainder of effort is expected to be dedicated to technical work.
  • Build and conduct materials research, development and deployment work using innovative experimental and/or analytical techniques, with emphasis on programs dealing with metallic structural and functional materials for application in high-temperature and other extreme environments (high stress, molten salts, supercritical fluids and highly corrosive) for advanced energy systems (nuclear, solar, fossil, aerospace, heavy industries).
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge, requisite expertise, and experience in physical metallurgy to evaluate the full spectrum of properties (physical and chemical) and performance of these materials (metals and alloys), such as mechanical performance for application in advanced energy system.
  • As a principal investigator and group lead, develop new programs associated with advanced materials development and assessment in support of grand ideas at the departmental, directorate and lab levels.
  • Assist the leadership team in developing and completing the strategic plan(s). The staff member is expected to independently guide teams of scientists/engineers of various experience levels to conceive, develop, obtain necessary support (of collaborators) and complete work to prove new principles and concepts related to advanced materials development and assessment. The candidate will also prepare reports and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals as well as make presentations.
  • Lead as well as support programs, including internal and external proposal efforts to secure funding for scientific/engineering work and other business development opportunities.
  • Build, lead and support effective teams to complete scientific and engineering work.
  • Participate in program development activities, both in lead and supporting roles
  • Develop and enhance traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques for the development of alloys.
  • Lead materials testing programs, including determining test matrices, solving issues, and analyzing data.
  • Develop new characterization and materials development/manufacturing facilities and capabilities.
  • Serve as a major or sole contributor to the generation of reports, publications.
  • Conduct and document work at an appropriate quality level, including collection and interpretation of laboratory data, planning of research tasks, as well as assessing and applying a wide range of research techniques to those tasks.
  • Act as a technical resource to colleagues at all levels.
  • Represent the MS&E Department and INL with sponsors and peers through programmatic and technical presentations.
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of others.
  • Identify and build synergetic intra- and inter-directorate (within-INL) as well as external collaborations especially with the goal of developing and initiation new materials-based projects and programs.
  • Identify and coordinate synergetic collaborations between modeling and experimental activities essential to peers and collaborators internal and external to INL.
  • Advise and contribute to the completion of achievements on multiple projects and programmatic objectives.
  • When required, act for the Department Manager, including attending and conducting meetings, providing department information, approving timesheets, etc.
  • Provide feedback on quarterly staff performance evaluations including appropriate critical feedback, personal goal setting, and career development.
  • Assist in creating, updating, and implementing a strategic plan for the group and the department at large.
  • Assist with overseeing talent development, including recruiting key new staff and retaining existing staff, and identifying professional growth opportunities for group members.
  • Ensure work within the group is completed safely and efficiently, within budget parameters and appropriate scope.
  • Develop and maintain the team's existing technical capability base. Identify and builds new team capabilities associated with the mission area. Acquire and implement technical programs.
  • Provide technical leadership and assist in coordinating and aligning group activities with departmental and EES&T goals
  • Demonstrating technical leadership within the group's area of study/field.
  • Provide feedback on weekly department updates for assigned group projects including development of presentation material to be used to highlight group capabilities to potential internal and external customers.
  • Participate in and lead technical work, including leading proposals to secure new funding, perform research and development, and assist in relationship and program development with key sponsors.
  • Assist in managing and supporting human resources processes for group personnel, including EPDs, hiring, diversity, training records, annual reviews, merit distribution, promotions, other rewards and recognition, professional development plans, allocation of resources, resolution of problems, and corrective actions.
  • Assist in business strategy development, identification of opportunities for new business, proposal preparation, marketing, program execution, and reporting and product quality.


Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, or related field and at least 6 (six) years of related post-PhD experience.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
  • Established reputation and relationships with other national and international researchers in materials related working, including development and characterization.
  • Demonstrated record for identifying synergetic collaborations between experimental and modeling activities within, and external, to organizations where researcher has previously (or currently) worked.
  • Demonstrated track record or meeting the technical collaborator internal and external to organizations where the researcher has previously or currently worked.
  • Demonstrated experience building and leading effective teams and enhancing the technical and professional skills of junior and experienced staff through active mentoring and training.
  • Established track record for serving as the lead in technical decision-making and direction at the medium to large-scale project level.
  • Strong background and an established record of high-quality research in structural materials. Strong research background in functional materials is a plus.
  • Demonstrated record of conceiving and developing multi-disciplinary research projects on structure/property relationships of materials.
  • Demonstrated record of effective teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Record of commitment to safe, secure and environmentally sound operations.
  • A strong record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or technical products.
  • Proven record of leading multi-disciplinary technical projects and technical teams to success.
  • Familiarity with National Laboratory programs.
  • Experience in structure/property characterization of materials, including development of new materials, neutron irradiation effects, physical metallurgy, and materials characterization techniques.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience in advanced manufacturing techniques for metals, alloys and components.
  • Ability to integrate modeling and simulations into materials development, testing, evaluations, and advanced materials processing approaches.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 220 ($104,688 - $172,668)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP-Testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
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INL Mission
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements
To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

COVID Safety Protocols
As a condition of employment, Idaho National Laboratory will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidates to comply with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.

Idaho National Laboratory has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring that all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with Idaho National Laboratory's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
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Benefits, Salary, and Relocation
We have an extremely competitive salary structure and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/
About this Employer‍

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.