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Structural Material Performance Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 16, 2022
Reference Code: 18255
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.
Position Description
Idaho National Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research involving investigation of high-temperature deformation of structural alloys. The postdoctoral fellowship will mainly be funded through a Department of Energy - Office of Science Early Career Award under the Basic Energy Science category. The project will explore the influence of the environment on the creep behavior of alloys. This position requires a strong background in advanced materials characterization (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, atom-probe tomography, and secondary ion mass spectroscopy) and a firm understanding of physical metallurgy principles.
In this position you will assist in the collection of the experimental data, will analyze and interpret the data to determine material performance and understand the basic mechanisms causing high-temperature deformation of the alloys under investigation, including, but not limited to, Ni binary alloys and high entropy alloys. You will be responsible for publication of research results in internal reports and the open literature. Collaboration between the computational and experimental elements will be strongly encouraged through research exchanges to develop a common intellectual basis for the postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and principal investigators.

Qualifications:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
Ph.D. in Metallurgy or Materials Science or a closely related field
Hands-on experience with advanced materials characterization and spectroscopic techniques such as SEM, FIB, TEM, APT, and SIMS
Hands-on experience in conducting mechanical testing of materials and data analysis
Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills in English
Demonstrated expertise (through peer-reviewed journals) in physical/mechanical metallurgy principles
Excellent publication record in peer reviewed journals
Successful record of writing and being awarded research grants
Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks
Relevant experience working in a research laboratory environment

DESIRED QUALIFICIATIONS
Experience in alloy design is a plus
*Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment
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. If safety protocols evolve to include mandatory vaccinations, Idaho National Laboratory will require compliance with such vaccine mandates subject to applicable protections under State and Federal Law.
Idaho National Laboratory 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 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.
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.
INL Overview:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is changing the world's energy future and securing our infrastructure! Join us - innovate the future!
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.
Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/. .
The Idaho Falls Area
Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit www.visitidahofalls.com and www.visitidaho.org .
Other Information

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Environmental, Safety and Health Statement
Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.
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). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see www.sss.gov.

Contact: Thomas.Steele@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID ( 9X80's Schedule)
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.