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Advisor Materials Engineer

Niskayuna, NY

  • Niskayuna, NY, 12309, US
  • 2021-10-24 18:18:33
  • Engineering/Science
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Job Description

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory is actively seeking a Material Scientist or Material Engineer with experience in the area of damage mechanics to support the Structural Materials Performance unit. The Structural Materials Performance unit is responsible for the rigorous testing and analyses that underpin design guidance used to evaluate reactor core mechanical performance both in-service and post-service. The successful candidate for this position will use their experience in damage mechanics (fracture, fatigue, fatigue crack growth rate, creep, etc.) to support research and development in material mechanical performance of core materials. This will involve design of experiments to address a broad range of materials R&D needs, data analysis, detailed technical report writing, and model development to describe material performance with a focus on macroscopic behavior with microscopic characterization. Efforts will also support design basis generation and work required to retire core structural risks for the operating fleet and new core designs. Significant teamwork, often across multiple sites, will be involved including supervising laboratory and component tests as well as performing in-depth reviews of technical recommendations. In addition to new R&D efforts, the successful candidate will provide technical guidance for design and fleet-support decisions based on an understanding of mechanical metallurgy principles. Specifically the successful candidate will collaborate with the team to:

  • Provide support to the design of experiments and understanding of material damage mechanisms as they relate to the understanding of phenomenon including delayed hydride cracking, creep, fatigue, fatigue crack growth rate, corrosion fatigue, brittle fracture, and ductile fracture of pressurized water reactor core materials
  • Plan, execute, and lead test programs, including irradiation testing in the Advanced Fleet Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory, which culminates in in complex data analyses, reporting, and communicating conclusions to internal and external customers.
  • Support data interpretation across a range of test programs, apply fundamental principles and the results of controlled experiments to practical applications and support the development of core structural materials design bases.
  • Bring new analytical perspective and methods to solve complex material challenges related to core structural performance issues and guide implementation of these methods.


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