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Combinatorial Synthesis Lead at Idaho National Laboratory

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Type: Full Time
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Job Description:


Job Title: Combinatorial Synthesis Lead Level 5/Level 6
Grade: 240/250
Org: Fuel Design & Development
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)



Leading Nuclear Energy and Research Technology

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.



Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a candidate for a Combinatorial Synthesis Lead. You will be a Principal Investigator (PI), leading, directing, and conducting research on combinatorial approaches to alloy development of nuclear materials that can have a transformational impact to accelerate the traditional slow and costly nuclear materials qualification process. Initial focus will be directed toward ferritic/martensitic alloys, a leading promising alloy for nuclear systems. You are expected to assess existing INL experimental and characterization systems and to develop transformational research plans in the context of those systems.

Goals are expected to include augmenting or developing new systems that can accelerate the development of quality, seminal results by using combinatorial synthesis and other emerging technologies (e.g. materials genome) as applied to enhancing material properties and performance under irradiation. Transformational strategies are needed and should include identifying and leveraging complementary senior collaborators and specialized facilities at universities and industry.

You will coordinate new research opportunities, direct technical teams to respond to those opportunities, generate proposals, and secure funding for the conduct of that research, to establish research plans and experimental design for several research projects/programs, to coordinate alloy development with nuclear materials experts, to coordinate irradiation testing with irradiation test leads. As the leader, you will be responsible for the direction and oversight of junior level scientific staff, postdocs, and/or student interns, and for performing peer review of their work, and will serve as a technical resource within INL and others and will serve as a liaison to customers and government agencies.

You will be the major or sole contributor to the generation of intellectual property, publications, and reports. You will enhance the INL reputation through representing programs and the department to sponsors and peers in programmatic and technical presentations, and will have a stake in the business planning and marketing efforts for the department, division, or directorate.


PhD plus 6 years relevant experience in materials science or related field with emphasis on alloy development.
-Demonstrated experience with application of combinatorial methods to materials development is required and specifically to alloy development is a plus.
-Demonstrated success with grant and proposal writing is required, along with a strong publication record.
-Evidence of innovation, e.g., through patent awards, is required.
-Experience with nuclear fuels or materials is a plus.

Special Requirements and/or Training:
Requires Science & Engineering Committee approval. Requires a minimum h-index of 6.



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.

Fine motor control (hands), Visually demanding work, Near Vision, Ability to hear audio alarms, Typing/keyboard, Working 8 hrs./day, Working alone.



03/22/2019 (Midnight MST).



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.


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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.


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


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.