GE Research: Research Scientist – Ceramics and Ceramic Composites

Job Description Summary

As a Research Scientist – Ceramics you will conduct research on developing advanced ceramic materials, including Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs), for high-temperature and other extreme environments. The focus will be on material composition, structure, and process development through process-microstructure-property relationships.

Impacts departmental operations and responsible for planning/execution. The role has some autonomy but is focused on execution of activities within an operating discipline covered by standard functional practices and procedures. Some judgment may be required but this is typically with guidance.



Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct basic and applied research in processes for developing ceramics of interest to GE businesses and external funding agencies
  • Characterize and identify degradation modes and approaches for improving the durability of high temperature material systems including CMCs
  • Develop novel ceramics and CMCs for various GE products including but not limited to Civil and Military Jet Engines, Hypersonics, and Nuclear Power
  • Develop manufacturing processes for new and existing ceramics and CMCs in a lab and production relevant environment
  • Collaborate with GE's internal product departments, global R&D sites, external and internal material developers, strategic suppliers, and universities
  • Invent and patent when appropriate 
  • Deliver effective presentations, reports, publications to GE Global Research, GE businesses, government agencies, and professional societies when appropriate


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramic Science and Engineering, Metallurgy, or related field or an MS in in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramic Science and Engineering, Metallurgy or related field with a minimum of three years of experience..
  • Experience in the development of oxide or non-oxide structural or non-structural ceramics or CMCs
  • Understanding and working knowledge in property-process-microstructure relationships for ceramics or CMCs
  • Demonstrated excellence in research through peer reviewed publications 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new areas of research
  • Willing to work government funded programs
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals, 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, Cuba, and Sudan). 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 www.gecareers.com to be considered.


Desired Characteristics

  • Experience in material and process development for high temperature structural ceramics or ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs)
  • Experience with CMC or PMC (polymer composite) processing
  • Expertise in microstructure-property relationships for CMCs
  • Working knowledge and hands on experience with mechanical testing and characterization tools, such as servo-hydraulic test frames, test fixturing, optical and scanning electron microscopes, and X-ray diffraction
  • Experience in application of thermochemistry, thermodynamics, and kinetics to high temperature processes and materials 
  • Experience with statistical analysis, data analytics, and statistical process control
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced dynamic working environment 
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working on government contracts and preparing proposals
  • The ability to obtain and maintain US Government Security Clearance; prerequisite for a security clearance is U.S. citizenship.



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).





As a federal government contractor, GE requires U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you receive an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required.



Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes







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