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R&D Associate in Metal Additive Manufacturing / NB50648593
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking an individual with experience in manufacturing of laser, wire and arc-based additive manufacturing techniques to support metal additive manufacturing research and development. For this role, a background in metallurgy or materials science and engineering is ideal. This position resides in the Deposition Science and Technology Group at the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD).As an R&D associate, you will be responsible for research related to connecting process characteristics and alloy microstructure in order to optimize process conditions, improving system design, enabling structural and functional applications using advanced processing techniques, and developing new materials designed for advanced manufacturing technologies. Your other responsibilities may include materials theory development and close collaboration with colleagues with expertise in modeling, data analytics, and advanced materials characterization. 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 Energys (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.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Work within a committed team of engineers to understand process-microstructure-property relationships in metal alloys and improve system and material design for specific applications Manipulate process characteristics to optimize material microstructure and minimize defect formation Support processing realted efforts on directed energy deposition techniques with particular emphasis on powder blown, wire arc based additive manufacturing techniques. Interact with industrial partners, other research organizations, and universities related to optimization for next generation manufacturing processes including, but not limited to additive manufacturing technologies. Present and report research results and lead the publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner

Qualifications Required:
Basic Qualifications: A PhD degree in materials science and/or engineering, metallurgical engineering, or a related field A minimum of 2 years of experience in process metallurgy and materials characterization A record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentationsPreferred Qualifications: Experience with metallic microstructures and crystallographic texture analysis Experience processing soft magnetic alloys and therelationships between microstructure and magnetic properties Experience with metal additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing technologies A strong background in physical metallurgy of Ni, Fe, Ti, and/or Al based alloys Demonstrated experience conceiving and executing research and development projects resulting in impactful publications in peer-reviewed journals Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience Motivated and safety conscious Ability to work with a measure of autonomy and a willingness to participate creatively in a collaborative team environment Ability to work on multiple tasks in a limited amount of time and to independently set priorities and to meet deadlinesOTHER INFORMATION: New areas of AM technologies are being developed and deployed at ORNL including large scale metal AM where welding and fundamental metallurgical principles are required. Motivated staff with scientific training in phase transformations and welding metallurgy are required. This individual will interact with other groups around the lab in terms of nuclear materials, welding, and work to join these areas with the MDF.Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to THIS EMAIL . Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-verify Employer.
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