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Post-doctoral Researcher - Materials-Related Design
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted November 26, 2019
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Post-doctoral Researcher - Materials-Related Design-22539 


Position Description

Do you love to invent new materials to tackle unique problems?


Are you searching for meaningful work targeted toward having an impact in the defense, energy and space-related fields?


Are you passionate about advancing the latest science as part of a team of outstanding scientists and engineers?


Do you like contributing to innovative solutions in a collaborative environment?


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


We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to help us design and develop innovative materials (e.g. shape memory alloys, metal matrix composites, refractory materials), advanced coatings (ceramic and refractory), and novel structures (e.g. lattices and topology optimized structures) that exploit the flexibility of additive manufacturing and plasma spray processes. You will apply your strong background of alloy design, mechanical design, and solidification theory to generate solutions for the government's challenge problems. With expertise in structure-property-processing relationships and materials manufacturing, you will develop unique, multi-functional structures that exhibit dramatic increases in performance metrics. You will have the opportunity to propose your own research concepts and drive the strategy for the future.


As a member of our team, you'll contribute to outstanding materials research projects with defense and security applications such as materials for extreme environments, solder protection, new types of coatings, advanced batteries, and corrosion resistant material research. You will be joining a hardworking team of engineers and scientists that is committed to developing advanced materials.


Our team is passionate about applying these material solutions to advanced prototypes that will define the future of materials. We strive to foster a collaborative environment with world-class expertise that achieves groundbreaking impact.


Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our nation's preeminence in the 21st century.


As a post-doctoral researcher...

•Your primary responsibility will be to design novel alloy compositions and structures that exploit the processing pathway of rapid thermal gradients during additive manufacturing, plasma spray, and other novel manufacturing techniques.
•You will assist in heat transfer modeling to predict the thermal history and microstructural evolution during processing.
•You will perform detailed data analyses to verify synthesis and explain characterization results.
•You will detail and present technical work internally and externally.
•You will communicate daily with project teams and leadership on computational materials science work to support programmatic needs; participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches; and report work progress in both oral and written form.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
•Possess a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering, Materials Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
•Have demonstrated experience in materials processing such as metal alloy solidification.
•Have demonstrated experience in materials-related design with proficiency in Solid Works, CATIA, CREO, other related CAD platforms.
•Have the ability to self-direct new research paths based on results and propose new ideas.
•Are willing and able to perform work in a laboratory setting and travel for field testing, sponsor visits, conference attendance, and presentations.
•Are able to obtain a Secret security 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.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

•Have experience with alloy design and manufacturing.
•Have experience with additive manufacturing of metals.
•Are familiar with design of experiments (DOE) or similar practices for optimization as well as lab data acquisition and analysis tools, including LabView, MatLab, and JMP.
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.


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