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Iowa State University Ames Laboratory Scientist II or III in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Ames Laboratory Scientist II or III

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Ph.D. and 5 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:Demonstrated experience in proposal writing, budgeting, and supervision and/or training of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research staff.Demonstrated record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals. Alternatively, in an industrial research setting, must demonstrate record of internal reporting and leadership in developing, setting, and communicating innovative technology directions.Demonstrated hands-on experience with experimental methods and analytical treatments that are commonly used in metal powder processing research, including powder synthesis techniques for making a controlled yield of micron-sized powders, e.g., by gas and centrifugal atomization, along with methods for consolidation of powders, including sintering to full density or controlled partial sintering, either with or without binder assistance, and post-consolidation manipulation of microstructure, for example, by thermal-mechanical processing and by recrystallization or controlled grain growth.Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of thermal spray or cold spray deposition and additive manufacturing as alternative consolidation processes is also preferred, including ability to design microstructural modifications based on variation of processing parameters.Demonstrated experience with the various techniques to characterize metal powders fully, including size, composition, flowability, and surface chemistry.Demonstrated experience with characterization methods and analytical treatments that are commonly used in metallurgical and materials science research, including electron beam-based microstructural analysis and semi-quantitative chemical techniques, as well as e-beam, X-ray, neutron, and photon-based surface probe methods, (e.g., EBSD, XRD, NMR, AES, and XPS).Working knowledge of thermodynamic modeling (e.g., CALPHAD), solidification modeling, and/or atomistic modeling typically used to contribute to alloy design investigations with specific processing methods, e.g., additive manufacturing, and with final property targets in mind. Familiarity with other types of electronic structure modeling and methods of processing kinetics modeling or simulation methods, again with specific processing methods and with property goals that are preferred.

Job Description:

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) within

Ames Laboratory, is seeking candidates for the position of Scientist Il/III.

Ames Laboratory is a Department of Energy (DOE) funded National Laboratory operated through contractual agreement with Iowa State University. The position will be filled as an Ames Laboratory Scientist II or III based on the qualifications of the finalist.

This position conceives, designs and conducts studies of metal powder processing, involving formation of liquid metal droplet sprays in controlled and/or reactive atmospheres, droplet and spray deposit solidification and deposition studies (including thermal spraying), and solid state sintering and thermal-mechanical processing of powder-based materials. This includes designing new alloys for additive manufacturing and other novel powder metal consolidation processes.

The position collaborates with the supervisor and other PIs in the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering within the Ames Laboratory; invents, performs and supervises experiments; interprets the results; presents and defends research at professional meetings; drafts manuscripts for publication with collaborating co-authors; guides experimenters in the conduct of experimentation and the interpretation of results; and writes research proposals for future funding of research projects (as PI or co-PI). The duties of this position also include the maintenance and supervision of the daily operation of the state-of-the-art experimental facility.

In addition to the above, the Ames Laboratory Scientist III will have additional leadership roles on research projects including managing budgets and staff. This position will communicate with key stakeholders and design and implement a project management framework, including the meeting of project deadlines.

The Ames Laboratory Scientist III will have demonstrated the effective communication skills, both written and verbal, that are needed to interface with a diverse team of administrative staff and powder metallurgy professionals, as well as physical sciences and engineering professionals, which are essential for success in this position.

Ames Laboratory Scientist II Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. and 1 year of related experience

Ames Laboratory Scientist III Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. and 5 years of related experience

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS811

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: March 26, 2021

Posting Close Date:May 16, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4519

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

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