Ames Laboratory is seeking an Assistant Scientist for research support in the Powder Metallurgy Group within the Ames Laboratory's Division of Materials Science and Engineering. The position will be filled at the Assistant Scientist I or II level based on the qualifications of the finalist. Ames Laboratory is a Department of Energy National Laboratory contracted to Iowa State University.
The Assistant Scientist I is an entry level professional position, which provides technical and scientific support in the area of powder metallurgy for Department of Energy and industry sponsored research. The incumbent performs powder processing research experiments under direction of the Principal Investigator(s), including coordination of experimental tasks performed by students and technicians. In addition, the incumbent modifies research equipment as needed (determined through experiments); collects, analyzes, and reports scientific data; assists in the preparation of manuscripts, research reports, and proposals; and trains group members on standard operating procedures within the laboratory. Experiments will utilize powder metallurgy techniques such as representative powder sampling, size analysis, size classification, powder characterization methods (apparent and tap density, compressibility, flowability, etc.), and various powder consolidation methods, including compaction and sintering. Several specialized thermal spray processing methods, e.g., plasma arc spraying and high velocity oxy-fuel spraying to support fabrication of atomization system components and novel powder consolidation work involving spray deposition and coating will be utilized in the experimental processes.
In addition to the above, the Assistant Scientist II will also be responsible for implementing experimental plans provided by the Principal Investigator(s) with minimal supervision. The incumbent will work with students and other research staff to conduct research experiments; offering advice on selection of experimental methods, assisting with design and fabrication of new experimental apparatuses, training in the use of existing equipment, and assisting with performance of complex procedures. The incumbent will analyze experimental results to support Department of Energy and industry sponsored research in powder metallurgy. The incumbent will draft progress reports for funding sources and assist in the development and writing of proposals and manuscripts.
The position requires the ability to work in a strong team environment, as well as the ability to work independently while accessing available expertise from other team members as needed. The ability to operate, trouble shoot, and modify a range of experimental equipment is required, as well as a high mechanical aptitude. Knowledge of machine design and general materials processing is needed to effectively diagnose mechanical problems when processing and support equipment fail or require modification. The ability to develop and closely follow activity-specific procedures that are designed to establish a safe work environment, a working knowledge of standard computer operating systems and computer management to record and manage data for research reports, and an understanding of electronic fundamentals and use of electronic instrumentation are necessary to be effective in this position.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or closely related field.
Experience with performance of powder metallurgy research techniques and operation of materials processing and machining equipment.
Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of maintenance, repair, and/or modification of complex research equipment, including pressurized gas systems operation and design.
Experience with administrative duties related to safety, quality, purchasing, and shipping.
Experience and proficiency with computer software ranging from slide presentation software (e.g., MS Word Power Point) and data logging (e.g., MS Excel) to detailed computer aided design programs (e.g. "Inventor") that permit conversion of experimental ideas for components into machine shop-ready drawings.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,0...00, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.