Research Project Description
Post Bachelor Position in Reinforced Polymer Additive Manufacturing at ORNL
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) anticipates an opening in reinforced polymer additive manufacturing within the Materials Science and Technology Division. This full-time position will focus primarily on investigating and implementing new or significantly improved materials and processes for producing reinforced polymers with desired composite properties by additive manufacturing techniques.
ORNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Program conducts research and development to create materials that increase manufacturing rate and improve product quality, while lowering energy demand and costs. A major thrust in polymer additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing or fused deposition modeling) is to achieve the goal of products having properties exceeding those of aluminum, while retaining the advantages of polymers. A key strategy in this effort is incorporating novel reinforcement phase(s) in the polymer(s).
The successful candidate will have training and/or experience in polymer processing, including a B.S. degree in an appropriate field of science or engineering. Candidates 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 expertise with computer simulation; data analysis; experimental design; 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 guidance. Dedication, teamwork, and communication skills are also highly desired and valued. The appointee also will interact regularly with our industrial partners, university and other institutional collaborators, and DOE personnel, and will prepare and present periodic reports documenting research and development. S/he also will assist in developing and implementing related follow-on projects and strategies for transferring developed technologies
The position requires a B.S. degree in Polymer Science or Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent field. Candidates with experience in the aforementioned areas of expertise and excellent written and oral communication skills will be given preference.