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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 for our Materials & Corrosion Engineering Practice in Chicago, IL. In this role you will work as part of a team conducting metallurgical, materials, corrosion, and mechanical failure analyses.

You will be responsible for

  • Conducting hands-on failure analysis
  • Creating written reports and presentations
  • Planning and executing laboratory tests
  • Performing field inspections
  • Directing SEM operation, metallurgical analysis and testing
  • 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 or Materials Science and Engineering and familiarity with Aerospace and/or Mechanical Engineering
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within project teams with a strong desire to contribute
  • Experience with aerospace structural materials and/or turbomachinery is desired
  • Specialized metallurgical engineering knowledge and experience in metallographic and fractographic interpretation, corrosion, fracture mechanics, heat treatment and/or microstructural development is desired


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

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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.

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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