Research & Development Scientist 236 views





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Job Title: Research & Development Scientist Level 3/Level 4

Grade: 210/220

Org: Materials Science & Engineering


Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)

Mission/Vision Statement

Changing the World’s Energy Future by Breaking Ground on New Technology

Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL will change the world’s energy future and secure our critical infrastructure



Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants for a Research & Development Scientist. The scientist is responsible for research, development and leading a small team in the areas of detection and verification of chemical agents in munitions. As part of this R&D effort, several techniques shall be developed and used in the development and deployment of specialized equipment, including field deployable equipment. The techniques to be developed will include digital radiography and computed tomography for system and materials characterization, as well as other physics-based methods for detection of bulk currency. These techniques shall be robust enough to function in challenging environments.

Establish working relationship with customers, technical representatives and field operations personnel for chemical, materials, and container inspection.

As a principal investigator, independently set up and perform a variety of unique laboratory research studies to prove new principles and concepts related to digital radiography and computed tomography and other physics based techniques for detection and analyses of systems and materials.

Take a leadership role in developing new programs associated with physics based techniques, and further enhance the capabilities of the department in this area. As Principal Investigator opportunities to develop the program in collaboration with materials research personnel at INL is an expectation.

Responsible for the guiding personnel in the collection and interpretation of laboratory data. Responsible for planning research tasks and assessing and applying a wide range of research techniques to those tasks. Responsible for conducting and documenting work at an appropriate quality level.

Serve as a technical resource to others and will mentor and provide oversight of junior level scientists. Serve as a major or sole contributor to the generation of reports, publications, and proposals and will contribute to the generation of additional proposals and concepts submitted for external funding.

Represent the Materials Science & Engineering Department and INL with sponsors and peers through programmatic and technical presentations. Engage in external technical leadership associated with relevant technical conferences or national/international in areas related to main mission as described above.

Provide input to departmental business plans and perform the duties of a line management principal investigator for assigned work activities.


BS degree in science or engineering plus 5 years relevant experience or MS degree in science or engineering plus 3 years relevant experience or a PhD in science or engineering plus 2 years relevant experience.

PhD in applicable science (Physics, Chemistry) or engineer (Materials, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics) or related field is preferred.

Experience in development and application of physics-based characterization and inspection systems.

Employee Job Functions

Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant’s ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Typing/keyboard; Working > 8 hrs./day.

Please Apply Before:
09/25/2017 (Midnight).

Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

Other Information

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

INL Overview

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With 4,200 scientist, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and


Equal Employment Opportunity

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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United States






Energy & Environment Science & Technology (Bxxx)




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Job Posting


Aug 25, 2017, 1:52:51 PM

Unposting Date


Sep 26, 2017, 12:59:00 AM

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