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Senior Research Scientist for Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Development for Extreme Environments

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: July 20, 2022
Reference Code: 18126
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!
The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) seeks to fill a research scientist position in materials development for extreme environments (e.g., temperature, radiation, corrosion)! Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off.
This position will be supported in part through INL's strategic hire laboratory research and development program as well as program development funds. While the emphasis of this position will be to bolster INL's fundamental science portfolio, development of programs outside this area will also be encourage.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead and contribute to winning proposals in current, allied or new areas of research.
  • Pursue emerging and business opportunities in materials research and development, including generating, developing and supporting the expansion of research concepts that will provide funding for continued R&D activities.
  • Develop relationships to cultivate and/or strengthen collaborations both nationally and internationally.
  • Actively contribute within a team of scientists and engineers to design, synthesize, and characterize heterostructure materials (including actinides) using molecular beam epitaxy.
  • Investigate novel material properties resulting from strong electron correlation and quantum effects using a variety of experimental approaches.
  • Collaborate with research partners at other Universities and Laboratories to meet the needs of a large BES research Center.
  • Work with new equipment from installation through troubleshooting, calibration, and maintenance while developing standard operating procedures and communicating with equipment suppliers to address needs and problems.
  • Conducting and documenting 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.
  • Serve as a technical resource to others, both senior and junior as well as peers to current designation.
  • Engage in mentorship activities of junior member of staff
  • Building meaningful relationship that lead to funding of research activities, acquisition of new capabilities and formation of strong and resourceful collaborative research teams to enhance scientific work and endeavors at INL.
  • Engage in technical activities that result in the national and international recognition. This will include an enhancement of scientific stature and recognition nationally and internationally.
  • Serve on technical advisory, regulatory and code committees.
  • Interface within the laboratory and with domestic peers to carryout cooperative programs.
  • Publish peer reviewed scientific articles in internationally recognized journals as well as pursue opportunities for authorship of other publications like book sections and edited scientific volumes and books.
  • Adhere to relevant R2A2 documents that address current work functions.
  • Preparation of reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications.
  • Collate such reports as Principal Investigator from research participants including University Partners to meet project achievements.
  • Generate winning proposals for funding.
  • Represent the Department through programmatic and technical presentations.
  • Develop new skills in research methods and maintain currency in technical literature
  • Maintain all training as listed in training plan and meet all ES&H requirements.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctorate in materials science or closely related field with 20+ years' experience minimum.
  • Demonstrated success in winning competitively awarded funding proposals.
  • Experience mentoring staff member, postdocs and graduate students (interns).
  • Experience leading a large, multi-institutional team of researchers to meet a common goal.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 220
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a 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.
INL Overview:
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.
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 men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO 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, INL will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidate compliance with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.
INL has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring 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 INL'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.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. 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.