Materials Scientist

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at



BWXT is currently seeking a Materials Scientist for its Advanced Technologies location in Lynchburg, VA!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWXT’s Advanced Technologies (AT) group researches, designs, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers.


Advanced Technologies is currently seeking a Materials Scientist to be part of a team assisting multiple nuclear development projects at its research and development location in Lynchburg, VA. The scientist will be responsible for identifying material solutions based on design requirements, evaluating the manufacturing and technology readiness (MRL/TRL) for those materials, and advising on sourcing, development and production pathways.


If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you. The position will be located in Lynchburg, VA. Relocation benefits are available for this position. 


Job Description / Duties:

  • Define and design experiments for different metals and additive manufacturing technologies such as electron beam and laser systems.
  • Identify critical activities and conduct microstructural characterization and analyses using SEM, TEM, EDS, EBSD, XRD, XPS.
  • Research contracts and internal development with the additive manufacturing of metals for nuclear products.
  • Interpret mechanical and nuclear testing results.
  • Identify materials for a particular application based on the required performance characteristics, and required manufacturing and technology readiness levels.
  • Identify and lead development projects to reduces risk and improve MRL/TRL in support of space applications including BWXT Nuclear Thermal Propulsion and Fission Surface Power programs.
  • Interface with nuclear, mechanical, and electrical engineers on multi-disciplinary development projects.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience is required. An advanced degree may substitute for experience.
  • Must possess skill set in materials science; which includes both performance and processing.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with the ability to multi-task are required.
  • Experience in the manufacturing of near-net ceramic components is preferred.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance, whichever is required.



As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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