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Materials Characterization Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Information Job Title: Materials Characterization Postdoctoral Research Associate
Org: Advanced Characterization
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Site, Work Schedule - 4X10's)
Mission/Vision Statement Empowering the Nation's Energy Future Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure. Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.Responsibilities The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research associate working in the Characterization and Advanced Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) Division. INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for DOE-NE, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels from fuel design, development and fabrication through post irradiation analysis.

The Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) is the newest nuclear energy research facility at the Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). This unique 12,000 square foot facility incorporates many features designed to allow researchers to safely and efficiently prepare and conduct microstructural level investigations on materials of construction and nuclear fuels. In this position, you will perform independent research in the IMCL and other facilities at MFC on irradiated materials and nuclear fuels. You will be mentored by senior scientists and have access to unique instrumentation and facilities that will allow high quality, impactful research and publications.

The appointment will be partially funded through the Center for Molten Salts in Extreme Environments (MSEE), a Basic Energy Science Energy Frontier Research Center (BES-EFRC). The focus of this center is the development of a fundamental and predictive understanding of molten salt bulk and interfacial chemistry, including the effects of solutes and impurities. MSEE will coordinate the efforts of three national labs (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and INL) with unique expertise and capabilities in experimental and theoretical research on molten salts and ionic liquids, interfacial structure and corrosion, radiation chemistry, and interaction with actinide fuels, as well as three universities (U. Iowa, Notre Dame, Stony Brook) with key expertise in molecular modeling, radiation chemistry, synchrotron imaging methods, and ionic liquids research.

• Independently perform original, impactful research on characterization of interfacial corrosion behavior of materials in molten salts using advanced microscope and spectroscopy techniques (i.e. SEM, FIB, TEM, XRD, APT and EELS) in support of a BES-EFRC award.
• In situ characterization experience using TEM/XRD techniques at elevated temperatures will be desired.
• Summarize and publicize research accomplishments through peer reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences.
• Assist research scientists in summation and publication of research gathered within Characterization and Advanced PIE Division at MFC.
• Prepare, submit and be awarded original research grants to internal and external funding sources.
• Interact with other disciplines, project support groups, subcontractors, vendors and clients as appropriate on an assigned projects to achieve successful outcomes.
• Provides imaginative, thorough scientific solutions to a wide range of complex and challenging problems in the areas of corrosion sciences and materials sciences.

In addition to completing the online job application, please send curriculum vitae, summary of research plans, and list of three or more references to: and

Required Skills:
• PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years in Material Science, Nuclear Engineering or closely aligned field
• In situ characterization experience using TEM/XRD techniques at elevated temperatures
• Excellent publication record in peer reviewed journals
• Demonstrated oral and published written communication in skills in English language
• Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks.
• Relevant experience working in a research laboratory environment
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

Employee Job Functions Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards. Motor Abilities: Walking - prolonged; Standing - prolonged; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Fine motor control (hands); Lifting ability - 50 lbs max; Repetitive work. Special Senses: Visually demanding work; Basic color discrimination; Speech discrimination; Audio alarms; Ability to smell. Work Conditions: Stairs; Hazardous chemical/waste; Radiation work; Respirator use; Typing/keyboard; >8 Hrs/day; Overtime/irregular hours; Working alone. Certification Exam: Respirator user.Please Apply Before: December 14, 2018 (Midnight MST) 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.Other Information When applying to positions please provide a 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 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 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.
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 and 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.

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