- At Oregon State since 2015
- Staff Scientist, Condensed Matter and Materials Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 2012 - 2015
- Post-Doctoral Researcher, Condensed Matter and Materials Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 2009 – 2012
- Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 2009
Melissa Santala researches the role of surfaces and interfaces in the structural and phase stability of nanostructured materials; the kinetics of phase transformations; and has extensive experience in the application of transmission electron microscopy to problems in materials science, including aberration-corrected S(TEM) and photo-emission TEM.