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General Electric Research Scientist - Materials Characterization TEM/FIB - Vernova Research in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

GE Vernova’s Advanced Research business is the central innovation engine for GE’s portfolio of energy businesses, which will be unified under one banner called GE Vernova. The research organization is made up of 250+ researchers representing virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline. Collectively, they are driving major research programs and initiatives to decarbonize power, accelerate renewables, and promote electrification and the creation of a 21st century grid fit to power a zero-carbon energy future.

As a Research Scientist, you will focus on the Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis of wide ranges of materials. You will be working in collaboration with a diverse team of engineers and scientists at GE Vernova Research to develop composition/structure/property understanding of advanced materials. In addition, you will have an opportunity to develop novel characterization methods in support of materials research.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Engineers and Scientists to plan and execute characterization for a variety of projects include metals, structural materials, superalloys, intermetallics, high entropy alloys, ceramics, and thermal barrier coatings.

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

  • Maintain and operate characterization equipment necessary to complete the tasks.

  • Analyze data and provide report to the team using appropriate tools.

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

  • Share project progress through 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 a minimum of 3 years of experience in TEM characterization

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

  • TEM and FIB technique

  • 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

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint)

  • 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.

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

  • Because of the specific categories of data handled by GE Research and the structure of our work environment, we are unable to accommodate employment of persons while they are considered nationals of embargoed countries subject to restriction under the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Section 746 et seq. (currently North Korea, Syria, Iran and Cuba). Please note that citizens of embargoed countries who have either “U.S. person” status under U.S. export control laws or subsequent citizenship from a non-embargoed country can be considered.

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

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience in metallurgy within an industrial research setting.

  • Experience operating TEM instruments such as Titan Themis.

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

  • Experience with image analysis and post-processing of data.

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.

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