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Material Scientist


Computer Scientist


Albany, Oregon, United States


Leidos is seeking a Material Scientist to join our team in Albany, OR to work with a distributed, multidisciplinary team working on the cutting edge of high-temperature hydrogen attack of carbon and low-alloy steels and advanced novel alloys for hydrogen applications. The candidate should possess knowledge of and practical experience with conducting research on alloy development for hydrogen-fueled applications. The position will be 100% onsite research and development support for the NETL R&D facility in Albany, OR. This work will involve a multi-disciplinary, scientific, and technically-oriented national laboratory team, participation alongside other data scientists, engineers, geologists, and computer scientists that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. From developing creative innovations and efficient energy systems, to advancing technologies that produce, transport, and utilize hydrogen and other fuels, NETL research is providing breakthroughs and discoveries that support home-grown energy initiatives, stimulate a growing economy, and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Characterize microstructures using advanced techniques (SEM, XRD, EBSD, EPMA, TEM).
  • Perform high-temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) tests on virgin steel welds and in-service welded components from industrial partners.
  • Evaluate compositions and schemes of new HTHA-resistant alloys from computational simulation results.
  • Perform mechanical testing and phase stability studies of new alloy concepts.
  • Perform heat treatment trials to optimize the grain size in the as-aged microstructures in high-carbon-containing alloys.
  • Write technical reports outlining results of lab testing.

Required Education, Experience & Other:

  • Masters degree in Material Science and Engineering or related field
  • Experience characterizing microstructures of structural materials using advanced techniques (SEM, EDS, XRD, EBSD, and potentially EPMA, TEM).
  • Ability to produce technical reports, journal articles, prepare and preset at professional conferences.
  • Understand processing-microstructure-property relationships in nickel and iron-based alloys.
  • Knowledge of deformation of materials, with emphasis on hydrogen embrittlement
  • Knowledge of environmental interaction
  • Knowledge of phase formation in alloys
  • Knowledge of mechanical properties and testing of alloys, especially for evaluating hydrogen embrittlement and attack
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision, and ability to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact with people with a variety of expertise.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements for gaining access to work on the NETL campus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in alloy design and development.
  • Experience with characterization of structural materials (microstructure, grain structure, phase identification, deformation).
  • Knowledge of hydrogen embrittlement and other hydrogen/material interactions.
  • Experience with performing SEM/EDS/EBSD characterization and analysis.
  • Experience with data analysis relating processing-microstructure-property relationships for structural materials.
  • Excellent record of peer-reviewed quality publications with emphasis on microstructure characterization in nickel and iron alloys, potentially hydrogen environments.

Salary Range for this position is $85K to $95K

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $65,000.00 - $117,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.