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Niskayuna, NY, US

  • Niskayuna, NY, US
  • 2022-12-20 13:00:11
  • Engineering & Science
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About Us

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory comprises the U.S. Department of Energy locations and personnel responsible for developing advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology, providing technical support to ensure the safety and reliability of our nation’s naval nuclear reactors, and training the Sailors who operate those reactors in the U.S. Navy’s submarines and aircraft carrier Fleets. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory includes the Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, and the Naval Reactors Facility which have proudly supported the nation since 1946. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory has nearly 8,000 employees working at primary locations in Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, and Idaho. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory also has an established presence at numerous shipyards and vendor locations around the globe. We are dedicated solely to the support of the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory is operated by Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC, a wholly own a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Job Description

At the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), we develop advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology, ensuring the safety and reliability of our Navy’s submarine and aircraft carrier fleets. NNL has an opening for an Advanced Material Characterization Scientist. This scientist will be responsible for operating and maintaining a Cameca Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) 5000XR system, and cross training on other advanced characterization tools to support the needs of the Naval Reactors program. Work responsibilities include, and are not limited to:

  • Analysis and interpretation of comprehensive atom probe data sets
  • Communication of results through both oral presentations and written reports
  • Cross training / back-up support on other advanced characterization tools
  • Participation in multi-disciplinary investigations with engineers and other material scientists specializing in other complementary analytical techniques (e.g. SEM, EPMA, XRD, XRF, Auger, ESCA, AEM)
  • Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and electrolytic sample preparation
  • Execution of experiments involving analytical measurements on test specimens
  • Radiological and non-radiological work

Required Combination of Knowledge and Skill


  • Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four years relevant experience; or
  • Master’s degree in a science-related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years relevant experience
  • PhD in a science-related field from an accredited college or university

Additional Requirement: Candidate must have the ability to interpret data with respect to performance/properties of materials

Preferred Skills

  • BS, MS, or PhD in engineering or physical sciences
  • Experience with scientific work in a laboratory setting
  • Experience with materials characterization methods including LEAP
  • Familiarity with other characterization techniques including SEM/EBSD, Auger, ESCA, EPMA, XRF, AEM, XRD
  • Radiological work experience
  • Previous experience with nuclear materials, fractographic analyses, corrosion, and/or mechanical metallurgy
  • Proficiency with digital visualization reconstruction using commercial software packages

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

All candidates must be U.S. citizens. Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. FMP is a government contractor and maintains a drug free workplace and workforce. All candidates must be able to pass a drug test in compliance with FMP company policy and 10 CFR 707. Federal regulation requires FMP test for marijuana. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042, Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) may require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by their start date, subject to approved disability or religious accommodations. We understand this federal requirement is subject to litigation and enforcement may change. Fluor Marine Propulsion is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Veterans/Disabilities) Committed to Workplace Diversity

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