Welding Research Scientist

Welding Research Scientists are professionals who specialize in the joining of metals such as steel, aluminum, iron, and copper. They often work with unique metal alloys, where the research and studies they conduct are applied to help solve problems, develop new methods, and broaden the overall application of welding. A welding research scientist generally works in a lab environment, where all necessary equipment can be utilized to properly conduct testing and research for welding applications.


Review peer research and journals involving current discoveries in the field.

Collect field and control samples of media and metals in order to perform analyses.

Identify and report on welding/joining issues.

Consult with recommendations to correct, mitigate, or improve welding processes.

Prepare and aggregate reports containing highly technical data to internal and external stakeholders.

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

Master’s degree in welding engineering, material science, metallurgy, etc.

Recommended Education

Doctorate degree in welding engineering, material science, metallurgy, etc.

Advanced Education

Strong publication record of peer-reviewed journal papers.

Recommended Training

Experience with collaborative research among other centers/organizations.

Advanced Training

Experience using laboratory welding equipment for testing and research.

Organized and detail oriented.

Ability to use laboratory welding equipment for testing and research.

Ability to communicate, present, and publish research.

Flexible and able to work in a team environment.

Logical and critical thinker.

Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

Many welding research scientists work in a mix of environments that may include research facilities, testing labs, and educational institutions. Frequent travel may be required.