Postdoc, Polymer Engineer in Additive Manufacturing and Composites Processing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
February 8, 2018
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Full Time - Entry Level
PURPOSE: We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to focus on polymer additive manufacturing and composites processing, with a particular emphasis on rheology studies of thermoplastic and reactive chemistries. As a postdoc, you will conduct research in the area of additive manufacturing related to advancement of current technologies, implementation of new processes, and development of unique material systems. You'll also be part of a multidisciplinary team that with have you collaborating with other researchers and technical staff in the modeling, production, and characterization of these materials. This position resides in the Deposition Science and Technology Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
OVERVIEW: Our team carries out high quality R&D focused on the processing of metal and ceramic materials for both structural and functional applications. We have a long history in the processing of refractory metal and other high-temperature structural materials, including intermetallic and ceramic materials. Our work has played meaningful roles in applications from steel mills, foundries, and electric power transmission lines, to light-weight automobiles and spacecraft power systems.
You will be among team members based at the MDF, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first facility established to provide affordable and convenient access to R&D expertise, facilities, and tools to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies (including additive manufacturing of alloys and composites) to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce. The MDF is designed to reduce technical risk and support the business case for private investment in new production technologies that will reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost, and build new products and job opportunities.
Utilize Polymer Engineering and Polymer Chemistry for a wide variety of manufacturing technologies
Characterize rheology of thermoplastic and reactive materials for additive manufacturing
Develop new material solutions for polymer additive manufacturing techniques
Advance materials research and explore new materials for composites processes
Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD degree in Polymer Engineering or a related discipline completed within the last five years
A record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations
Experience with rheology measurements and analysis of fiber reinforced injection molded samples
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international, scientific audience
Motivated and safety conscious
Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and adapt to ever-changing needs with the proven ability to function well and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
Ability to work with a measure of autonomy and a willingness to participate creatively in a collaborative, team environment
OTHER INFORMATION: Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
Internal Number: NB50651446
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is one of United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) 17 National Laboratories, working to advance science and technology and promote innovation in the United States. ORNL is the largest multiprogram Laboratory in the Department of Energy network, with more than 100 disciplines that span the spectrum of basic to applied research. We support DOE’s mission through leadership in six key areas: neutrons, computing, clean energy, advanced materials, nuclear science, and national security.
ORNL is recognized by our employees and the community as an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and individuals and teams are inspired to contribute fully to the organization's success. ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.