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Post-Doctoral Researcher - Fatigue/Fracture of Materials

DEPARTMENT:  Department of Energy

AGENCY:  National Energy Technology Laboratory

LEVEL:  Post-Doctoral

POSITION INFORMATION:  Temporary, 12 months full-time with the possibility of extension

DUTY LOCATION:  Albany, Oregon

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  United States Citizens, LPRs, and Foreign Nationals with appropriate approval




Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) this posting seeks motivated post-graduates (PhD) interested in researching in the Structural Materials Development Division at NETL.  This division conducts research to evaluate environmental impacts and risk assessments associated with domestic energy resource development. The post-graduate research pertains to materials performance in supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) environments at high temperatures. 


NETL is investigating sCO2 cycles for fossil fuel power generation to increase efficiency, lower cost, and reduce environmental impact. The scope of the materials research is to evaluate whether the available power plant materials are suitable for fossil fuel sCO2 service. Understanding the effect of sCO2 environment on mechanical behavior (i.e., fatigue-/creep-crack initiation and propagation) of materials through laboratory experimentation is essential in this evaluation.


In general applicants for this position should have expertise in the physical and mechanical behavior of materials with experience in evaluating fatigue and fracture behavior of metallic materials. The ability to characterize general mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms is essential (e.g., SEM/TEM) as is relating this behavior to microstructural features that may affect or control crack initiation and propagation leading to failure.


The selected applicant will have excellent verbal and written English communication skills as well as ability to represent NETL effectively in conferences and publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.






·       Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or approved Foreign Nationals

·       Must hold PhD degree from an accredited institution in a field appropriate for the applicant’s area of expertise.




Applicants should apply through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program.  The ORISE Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty researchers.  NETL utilizes the ORISE program to support research and work within NETL’s Office of Research & Development. 


  • Interested applicants should complete the online application at

  • In the online application list Omer Dogan as your requested mentor.  This will associate your application with this job posting.

  • If you have additional questions please contact Nancy Andres, Nancy.Andres@NETL.DOE.GOV, who is the NETL ORISE program contact.

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