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X-Ray and Neutron Diffraction Materials Scientist

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: January 11, 2023
Reference Code: 18981
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) Imaging and Diffraction group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a X-Ray and Neutron Diffraction Materials Scientist.
Our team works an on-site 4x10 schedule located at our Materials and Fuels Complex with every Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The position will focus on the development of advanced characterization techniques using the X-ray and Neutron Diffraction. X-Ray Diffraction will be performed within the Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) and sample preparation Laboratory (SPL). Neutron Diffraction will be performed in the future expansion of the North Neutron Beam Room in the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF). The instrument scientist will have the following roles and responsibilities:
  • The Instrument Scientist position progresses from junior to senior scientist level
  • The instrument scientist will typically focus on a single instrument type for several years and develop world-leading expertise and capability in the use of that instrument in characterization and testing of nuclear materials and fuels, however, this position will require the incumbent to perform in multiple facilities
  • Implements the annual strategy for improving their instrument and data analysis capabilities, based on the 10-year vision for science in their instrument area
  • Pursues professional development opportunities that maintain the highest level of knowledge and proficiency on their instrument(s)
  • Maintains knowledge of the state-of-the art for their instrument and detection capabilities
  • Ensuring efficient instrument utilization by interacting with other instrument scientists in developing the monthly instrument schedule
  • Ensures that instrument users are proficient. Participates in training and oversight of internal and external instrument users and Research Associates
  • Ensures that analysis needs are recorded and clearly understood. Ensures that data and analysis generated by the instruments is of high quality and meets customer and user needs
  • Ensures that appropriate reference and calibration standards are available and used for analysis as appropriate
  • Establishes a personal research program focused on continually improving the science performed at MFC through the improvement of data and analysis capabilities
  • The personal research program includes cooperation with the user community and may require the acquisition of support through development and submittal of proposals to carry out the program
  • The Instrument Scientist actively publishes, including at least 2 first author refereed journal publications per year
  • The instrument scientist actively communicates research accomplished on the instrument and instrument improvements to both external and internal laboratory audiences with the goal of enhancing the INL's reputation and building a strong user base for the instrument


Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or Nuclear Engineering
  • PRO300 - PhD and 2-4 years experience
  • PRO400 - PhD and 4-8 years experience
  • Preference given to candidates with US Citizenship and the ability and willingness to obtain and maintain a DOE "L" or "Q" clearance.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Hands on experience and demonstrated expertise with X-ray Diffractometer
  • Working knowledge of Neutron Diffraction or Neutron Scattering Techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research and methods development in the above mentioned techniques
  • Ability to perform numerical analyses including image processing and quantitative analyses in 2D and 3D, numerical filtration and non-linear regression and inverse methods of data processing
Job Information:
  • Salary Grade 220 ($104,688 - $172,668)/230 ($118,020 - $200,808)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • 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 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.
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.