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Job #: R-00081355
Location: Albany, OR
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact? Come join the Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where you’ll be able to work side by side conducting research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research; discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. You will contribute to the development of patents, written reports, journal articles, and contribute to presentations on findings, highlights, and innovative solutions in DOE-sanctioned meetings, scientific conferences, and national committees. Explore the Research Support Services (RSS) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) here - https://netl.doe.gov/

We are seeking a Materials Scientist to join our team in Albany, OR. This work will involve a multi-disciplinary, scientific, and technically-oriented national laboratory team, participation alongside other data scientists, engineers, geologists, and computer scientists that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. From developing creative innovations and efficient energy systems, to advancing technologies that enhance oil and natural gas extraction and transmission processes, NETL research is providing breakthroughs and discoveries that support home-grown energy initiatives, stimulate a growing economy, and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans. Highly skilled women and men at NETL’s three research sites – Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

Primary Responsibilities:

Microstructure Analysis Scientist will prepare samples for Conventional Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Preparation skills shall include selecting the most appropriate disk preparation approach for the sample of interest, sectioning as necessary using a range of medium and slow speed cutoff saws, grinding, and polishing to appropriate thickness. Will be responsible for working with the NETL Alloy team to conduct data collection and curation and analysis. Will provide input for and/or write publishable papers/ Manuscripts.

  • Execute advanced operation of the TEM
    • Including submicron and nano-scale phase identification and dislocation analysis in precipitation hardened Ni-based superalloys, complex heat resistant stainless steels, emerging high temperature alloys, high entropy alloys, composites, ceramics, and ceramic matrix composites
    • Bright and dark field imaging as well as routine semi-quantitative x-ray analysis using TEM x-ray spectroscopy
  • Routine operation of the SEM
    • include electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), secondary electron imaging (SEI) and backscattered electron imaging (BEI)
    • semi-quantitative x-ray analysis using SEM x-ray detector software
    • include line scan operations and elemental mapping, or the ability to describe in detail what is needed in terms of information
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
    • knowledge to select the best approach to examining the material in the XRD to identify crystal structure and secondary phases
  • Analyze and interpret data generated from research
    • Apply data to analysis within the context of scope and direction, and clearly report results
  • Author and/or co-author reports, manuscripts, and articles suitable for publication
  • Participate and possibly present research results in company and client meetings and in externally facing settings.
  • Work on local and geographically dispersed teams with other engineers, scientists, technicians, subject matter experts, faculty members, post-doctoral students, and graduate and undergraduate students from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds from DOE National Laboratories, other U.S. government laboratories, universities, industries, and research organizations. The candidate will attend regular and ad hoc meetings and contribute to the development of written reports, journal articles, and presentations on findings and innovative solutions.

Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in metallurgy, materials science, or materials engineering with experience investigating the structure and performance of metal materials. Familiarity with ceramics and/or composite materials a plus.
  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise in TEM (outlined above) as documented by course work, thesis/dissertation, and/or peer reviewed publications.
  • Expertise in Transmission Electron Microscopy (BF/DF/STEM/Diffraction pattern/EDX)
  • Experience on Electron polishing, ion milling and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) for TEM sample preparation
  • The complexity of information and data to be managed requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to represent Battelle or its clients at conferences or public forums or contribute to technical reports and scientific journals.
  • Detail-oriented, able to take initiative, work well both independently and as a member of a team, and be able to balance competing and changing priorities. They will demonstrate competency in scientific and engineering modeling and analysis tools applicable to the specific tasks. They will also possess strong analytical, oral and written communications skills, particularly the ability to:
    • Analyze and interpret data generated from research, apply data to analysis within the context of scope and direction, and clearly report results.
    • Author and/or co-author reports, manuscripts, and articles suitable for inclusion in refereed journals, and;
    • Present research results in company and client meetings and in externally facing settings.

Desired Qualifications:

Working knowledge of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) to resolve questions about materials of interest to NETL RIC. As such, it is desirable that the candidate possess the following skills:

SEM:

  • Ability to prepare a wide range of materials for observation in the SEM. The candidate shall possess the knowledge to select the best approach to examining the material in the SEM and if this includes mounting the specimen, then the candidate shall possess the skill to execute the preparation activities.
  • Routine operation of the SEM to include secondary electron imaging (SEI) and backscattered electron imaging (BEI) as well as semi-quantitative x-ray analysis using SEM x-ray detector software to include line scan operations and elemental mapping, or the ability to describe in detail what is needed in terms of information.

XRD:

  • The candidate shall possess the knowledge to select the best approach to examining the material in the XRD to identify crystal structure and secondary phases.
  • Determination of secondary phases based on SEM, TEM and other techniques.

Knowledge and complementary expertise in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) is also desired.

Pay Range:

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