Research Project Description
Postgraduate Research Associate in Reinforced Polymer Additive Manufacturing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) anticipates one or more openings in reinforced polymer additive manufacturing. This full-time position will be focused primarily on investigation and implementation of new or significantly improved materials and processes for producing reinforced polymers with desired composite properties by additive manufacturing techniques. Although a Post-Doctoral appointment is anticipated, ORNL will also consider Post-Masters appointments and permanent position applicants having the combination of education, skills, and experience as described below.
The ORNL Advanced Manufacturing Program conducts research and development to improve rate, quality, energy demand, and cost in manufacturing. There is currently a major thrust in polymer additive manufacturing, also known by other names such as 3D printing or fused deposition modeling, with the goal to exceed the specific properties of aluminum while retaining the advantages of polymers. One of the key strategies is incorporation of (a) reinforcement phase(s) in the polymer(s).
The preferred candidate will have training and/or experience in polymer processing including a graduate degree in an appropriate field of science or engineering. Researchers with expertise in polymer science or engineering, melt extrusion of polymers, production of polymeric or carbonaceous fibers, bio-based polymers, surface chemistry modification and characterization techniques, or nano-composites are of particular interest. Additional desirable expertise includes computer simulation; data analysis; design of experiments; data acquisition and control; and/or precision robotics machinery and control. The candidate must demonstrate exceptional initiative, innovation, and ability to solve difficult technical problems with minimal technical direction. Dedication, teamwork, and communication skills are also highly desired and valued. In addition to these responsibilities, the job holder will interact regularly with relevant industrial partners, university and other institutional collaborators, and DOE personnel, prepare and present periodic reports documenting research and development, and assist in developing and implementing related follow-on projects and strategy for transferring developed technology.
Position requires a PhD in Polymer Science or Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent field. Candidates with experience and scientific publications in the aforementioned areas of expertise and excellent written and oral communication skills will be given preference. Excellent Master's graduates will also be considered. Moreover the ability to effectively collaborate with researchers outside of ORNL is required. Citizenship or legal permanent residence in the U.S. or Canada is highly desirable. Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements b