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General Electric Research Scientist - Materials Characterization - Aerospace Research in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

As a Research Scientist in the Materials Characterization Lab, you will focus on the Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis of materials in collaboration with a diverse team of scientists at GE Aerospace Research to develop composition/structure/property relationships for advanced materials and develop novel characterization methods.

Aerospace Research will continue to play a vital role in supporting the industry through a historic recovery while shaping the future of flight. We invent the future of flight, lift people up and bring them home safely. Our commitment to lead the industry, to keep safe the flying public and the armed forces, and to lift up one another and our communities, remains our north star. Our purpose is what ties us to one another and gives meaning to our work.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with researchers to plan and execute characterization for a variety of projects that may include metals, high temperature alloys, superalloys, ceramics, thermal/environmental barrier coatings, and ceramic matrix composites.

  • Interact and collaborate with materials scientists and materials development teams across GE.

  • Maintain and operate multiple pieces of equipment necessary to conduct experiments.

  • Reduce data to useful formats using appropriate tools.

  • Maintain accurate records of the work performed and other records required by the projects.

  • Share project progress through oral presentations and written reports.

  • Present technical work both internally and externally.

  • Foster a multidisciplinary and inclusive team environment.

  • Perform all work in accordance with EHS guidelines.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline, or Master’s degree with at least 7 years post-degree work experience in TEM characterization.

  • Ability to perform a wide range of sample preparation methods for TEM analysis such as dual beam FIB-SEM for site specific extraction, electropolishing, ion milling and microtomy.

  • TEM characterization.

  • Demonstrated ability in advanced characterization, such as hands-on experience of TEM for structure visualization (bright field, dark field, high angle annular dark field), phase chemistry analysis (STEM-EDS, EELS Spectroscopy, Energy Filtered Imaging), phase crystallography (Electron diffraction for phase ID and defect analysis), and HRTEM (direct imaging of atomic lattice structure, atomic scale resolution).

  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and written and verbal communication skills in a diverse, global team environment.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks, manage sample queue, and perform multiple, concurrent tasks.

  • Ability to work across all functions/levels as part of a team advising the team on best TEM approaches to achieve desired results and presenting the findings to aid in establishing structure/processing/property relationships.

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products like Excel and Powerpoint.

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience in metallurgy within an industrial research setting preferred.

  • Experience operating TEM instruments such as Tecnai Osiris and Titan Themis.

  • Experience in other material characterization techniques such as SEM, EBSD and XRD.

  • Experience with data reduction algorithms and post-processing.

  • Experience in Synchrotron characterization.

  • Familiarity with machine learning and advanced post-processing and automation techniques.

  • Experience writing government proposals.

The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $150,000 USD, annually. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location.

GE provides a comprehensive benefits package that provides access to plans which support the overall wellbeing of our employees and their dependents. These benefits include, but are not limited to, health care coverage (medical, dental, vision, pharmacy), a retirement plan that includes Company Retirement Savings and a 401K with Company matching, Life Insurance options, Disability coverage, paid time-off, EAP, and more.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes