Research Project Description
Precursor Processing and Evaluation Technician
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
The Carbon and Composites Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) has an immediate opening in development of low cost carbon fiber. This full-time position is focused on investigation and implementation of new carbon fiber precursors and associated conversion processes and requires background in development and/or characterization of advanced fiber reinforcement, specifically including experience with carbon fiber. A materials processing researcher is needed to work on material and process development and scaling, reporting directly to the Principal Investigator. The preferred candidate should have a degree in an appropriate field of science or engineering and training and/or experience in materials processing and carbon fiber conversion processes. Duties will include (1) investigating and optimizing conversion process parameters; (2) characterizing developed intermediate and final carbon fiber products; and (3) technical interactions with carbon fiber experts. In addition to these responsibilities, the job holder will interact regularly with precursor developers/suppliers, other material suppliers and end users, and other partners or sponsors; 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. Applicants must be US citizens or current US residents.
Specific background and / or skills required:
Carbon Fiber Conversion