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Extreme Environment Materials Subject Matter Expert
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 10/21/2021
Science-Materials Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Are you passionate about influencing the scientific direction of research teams?

Do you like contributing to creative solutions in a collaborative setting?

Would you love to work with a group of dedicated scientists and engineers on projects that are vital to maintaining our national security?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

The Multifunctional Materials and Nanostructures Group is seeking a creative Extreme Environment Materials Subject Matter Expert (SME) to help steer materials research, particularly related to the hypersonic environment. Understanding the key challenges of this extreme environment, you will collaborate in the development, modeling, and integration of materials solutions to enable hypersonic flight. You will help define the strategy for our team, whose efforts contribute to solving the Government's challenges by defining material compositions, architectures, and approaches to achieve targeted performance.

You will be joining a hardworking team of scientists and engineers, with a broad range of proficiencies, committed to developing impactful materials solutions. Our team is passionate about changing the status quo. We strive to cultivate a collaborative atmosphere to achieve groundbreaking impact. Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our Nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.

As an Extreme Environment Materials SME, your primary responsibilities will be to…

  • Lead materials research in areas such as superalloys, refractory metals, ultra-high temperature ceramics, thermal barrier coatings, etc. through experimentation and detailed data analyses. Translate materials design choices and properties to system level performance.
  • Collaborate with the team to develop vision and strategy for the Extreme Environment Materials topic area. Represent our team by communicating with technical and programmatic staff across the Laboratory who are seeking materials expertise for extreme environments.
  • Propose your own research concepts internally and externally to our government sponsors, employing your network in the hypersonic community for both funding and collaboration opportunities.
  • Document and present technical work at meetings involving the hypersonic community, and publish in high quality journals.
  • Provide a fundamental understanding of the complex interactions of materials with environmental loading, e.g. aerothermal, mechanical, radiation, etc., as materials react, undergo phase changes, accommodate severe mechanical / thermal loads, etc.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the position if you...

  • Possess a MS in Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Have 10+ years of demonstrated ability creating novel multi-functional materials for extreme environments including relevant publications and presentations.
  • Lead experimental work including scale-up of materials / processes and development of prototypes as part of developing solutions to system-level problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of extreme environments, particularly hypersonic challenges.
  • Have a strong reputation and network within the hypersonic community.
  • Are willing and able to perform work in a laboratory setting and travel for testing, sponsor visits, conferences, and presentations.
  • Are able to acquire an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately acquire a Top Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Possess a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Have 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrate a record of winning proposals and display a vision for technical strategy.
  • Engage in research on thermal protection systems, refractory materials, coating processes (e.g., thermal spray, CVD, etc.), RF and optical properties of materials, aerodynamics, metallurgical thermodynamics, oxidation kinetics, or unique structures providing groundbreaking performance potential.
  • Have experience with various test environments (e.g., arc jet, wind tunnels, high speed particle impact tests, flight tests, etc.) and their ability to provide distinctive insights into materials and system performance.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.



Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Research & Exploratory Development
  • Requisition ID: 28011
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Interim Secret
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Top Secret
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