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Scientist, Materials

Date posted 11/22/2016

Job ID#: 10477BR
Company: General Atomics
Job Title: Scientist, Materials
Job Category: Scientists
City: San Diego
State: California
Regular/Temp: Regular Employee
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Materials Scientist within our Magnetic Fusion Division. This position will focus on materials research related to the magnetic fusion energy program.  Under general directions with limited review this position will work to expand our efforts within the fusion materials arena and work with the Boundary/Plasma-Material Interactions Center (BPMIC), as well as the rest of the DIII-D team and collaborators, on advancing scientific understanding of materials for fusion applications, developing new materials, and new material validation tools of materials for the design and operation of next-step fusion devices.


  • Supports operation of scientific systems and documents any problems.

  • Devises new approaches to resolve unusual or complex scientific problems.

  • Troubleshoots conflicting design/development requirements, difficult coordination requirements, and special material requirements.

  • Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required, and may assist in responding to proposals for new or the expansion of existing business opportunities.

  • May develop and/or perform computational modeling of scientific phenomena.

  • May represent the organization as the prime technical contact on small contracts or single component projects.

  • Provides direction to design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance withestablished operating procedures and practices.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD in a scientific or related technical field and progressively complex scientific experience as follows; six or more years experience with a Bachelors degree, four or more years experience with a Masters degree, and two or more with a PhD. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Experience conducting materials research and testing on nuclear materials.

  • Experience in material characterization techniques including XRD, TDS, PAS, SIMS, SEM-based techniques, and TEM.

  • Experience related to material testing including ion beam analysis, operation of tandem accelerators, ion implanting and plasma exposure devices. 

  • Must have extensive knowledge of particle-induced defects in materials, especially from neutron and ion damage.

  • Must have experience in researching radiation damage of fusion- and fission-related materials.

  • Original works on radiation damage of material, especially fusion related damage, published in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents.

  • Must demonstrate; (1) a thorough understanding of scientific concepts, principles, codes, and theory; (2) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, (3) an expanding knowledge of those principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.

  • Must possess the ability to; (1) develop and communicate new concepts; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.

  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more scientific areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects.

  • Must be able to work extended hours and travel as required.

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