GE Research: Research Scientist-Ceramics

Job Description Summary

As a Research Scientist – Ceramics in the Materials Organization you will conduct research on developing advanced ceramic materials and processes for a broad range of current and future GE products. Areas of focus include 3D printed ceramics for a wide variety of novel applications, ceramic matrix composites and environmental barrier coatings (CMCs and EBCs) for extreme environments, and functional ceramics for sensors and coatings.



Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct basic and applied research in processes for advanced ceramics of interest to GE businesses and external funding agencies
  • Develop novel advanced ceramics for various GE products including but not limited to Civil and Military products and transition these technologies to GE businesses
  • Develop manufacturing processes for new and existing advanced ceramics in a lab and production environment
  • Identify technology trends in advanced ceramics and develop technical roadmaps to address them
  • Collaborate with GE's internal product departments, global R&D sites, external and internal material developers, strategic suppliers, and universities
  • Characterize and identify degradation modes and approaches for improving the lifetime of advanced ceramics in extreme environments
  • Prepare research proposals for external funding
  • 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

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline or Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline with a minimum of three years of experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in ceramic development and processing
  • Demonstrated expertise of ceramic property-process-microstructure relationships
  • 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 bulk ceramics, additive ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, environmental barrier coatings, thermal barrier coatings, solid oxide fuel cells, or other advance ceramic systems with complex microstructure requirements at multiple length scales
  • Experience in characterization and testing of structural or functional ceramics
  • Experience in developing materials and devices for biological applications
  • Experience in chemical vapor deposition or chemical vapor infiltration
  • Very good understanding of thermodynamics, degradation kinetics, phase stability and diffusion in high temperature material systems
  • Experience transferring technology from the laboratory to commercialization
  • Experience working on government contracts and preparing proposals
  • Experience with statistical analysis, data analytics, and statistical process control
  • Passion for hands on development and laboratory work
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced dynamic working environment 
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems
  • Demonstrated excellence in research through peer reviewed publications 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



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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