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Metallurgical Engineer (Ph.D.)

About Exponent

Exponent is the only premium engineering and scientific consulting firm with the depth and breadth of expertise to solve our clients’ most profoundly unique, unprecedented, and urgent challenges.  


We are committed to engaging multidisciplinary teams of science, engineering, and regulatory experts to empower our clients with solutions that create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world. For over five decades, we've connected the lessons of past failures with tomorrow's solutions to advise clients as they innovate technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.  


Join our team of experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities and extensive experience spanning a variety of industries. At Exponent, you’ll contribute to the diverse pool of ideas, talents, backgrounds, and experiences that drives our collaborative teamwork and breakthrough insights. Plus, we help you grow your career through mentoring, sponsorship, and a culture of learning. Thanks for your interest in joining our team!   


Key statistics: 

  • 950+ Consultants 
  • 640+ Ph.D.s 
  • 90+ Disciplines 
  • 30+ Offices globally 


Our Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Metallurgical Engineer (Ph.D.) for our Materials and Corrosion Engineering Practice in Los Angeles, CA. In this role, you will work as part of a team to conduct metallurgical, materials, and mechanical failure analyses.

You will be responsible for

  • Conducting hands-on failure analyses
  • Planning and executing laboratory tests
  • Conducting field inspections
  • Operating the SEM
  • Performing metallurgical analysis and testing, including metallographic sample preparation and operating the metallograph
  • Communicating effectively with other engineers and technicians, managers, clients, and administrative staff

You will have the following skills and qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or related discipline, and familiarity with Mechanical Engineering
  • Specialized metallurgical engineering knowledge
  • Specialized knowledge and experience in metallographic and fractographic interpretation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within project teams with a strong desire to contribute to the team

 Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae) with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].    

Life @ Exponent

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Attracting, inspiring, developing, and rewarding exceptional people with diverse backgrounds and expertise are central to our corporate culture. Our diverse team allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.  


Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference. 


Our consultants are rewarded for their technical and business contributions and have an opportunity to plan for future success and career growth. Exponent's total compensation plan is consistent with its expectations of the quality and quantity of work performed and with the professional standards set by Exponent. At the Associate and Senior Associate level, total compensation includes base salary, bi-weekly bonuses for high-intensity efforts, annual bonus and 401(k) employer contribution of 7% of base salary.


The base salary range for this position is $130,000 - $145,000 dependent on experience and capabilities which will be assessed during the interview process.

Benefits you will enjoy

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Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status. 


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