Hypersonic Materials Lead

    • Laurel, MD

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 and ambitious Hypersonic Materials Lead to steer hypersonic materials research. Understanding the key challenges presented by this extreme environment, you will lead the development, modeling, and integration of materials solutions to enable hypersonic flight of relevant platforms. You will define the strategy for our team, whose efforts are applied to solving the Government's challenges, through defining compositions, architectures, and approaches for material systems to achieve targeted performance characteristics.

You will be joining a hardworking team of scientists and engineers with a broad range of proficiencies that is committed to developing advanced prototypes. Our team is passionate about changing what is possible in hypersonic flight and weaponry. We strive to cultivate a collaborative atmosphere with world-class expertise that achieves game-changing impact. Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.

As a Hypersonic Materials Lead, your primary responsibilities will be to…

  • Lead a team of scientists and engineers by providing technical direction and insight to meet project objectives and build advanced prototypes for government agencies and sponsors.
  • Represent the Hypersonic Materials Team by communicating with technical and programmatic staff across the Laboratory who are seeking materials for hypersonic environments.
  • Understand challenges posed by the hypersonic environment, as well as other extreme environments, and the system level impacts of materials design choices.
  • Provide technical vision and develop strategy for the Hypersonic Materials Team.
  • Lead materials research in areas such as superalloys, refractory metals, ultra-high temperature ceramics, thermal coatings, etc. Develop and prototype new materials/structures, investigate novel thermal management approaches, and lead the characterization of materials and systems as to their chemical, mechanical, and optical properties and performance through experimentation and detailed data analyses.
  • 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 internally and externally at meetings involving the hypersonic community, and publish in high quality journals.


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 5 years of proven experience creating novel multi-functional materials and material systems, thermal protection and management systems, and fabrication processes including relevant publications and presentations in this research area.

•Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of hypersonic challenges.

•Have a strong reputation and close contacts in the hypersonic community.

•Lead experimental work including scale-up of materials/processes and development of prototypes as part of developing solutions to exciting system-level problems.

•Are willing and able to perform work in a laboratory setting and travel for testing, sponsor visits, conference attendance, 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.

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 10 years of relevant experience.

•Collaborate with systems engineers and solve systems-level hypersonic materials challenges.

•Demonstrate a record of winning proposals, work with program offices, and display a vision for technical strategy.

•Engage in research on thermal protection systems, refractory materials, various coating processes for materials in extreme environments (e.g., thermal spray coatings, CVD coatings, etc.), RF and optical properties of materials, aperture development, aerodynamics, metallurgical thermodynamics, oxidation kinetics, or unique structures providing advanced performance potential in hypersonic environments.

•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.

•Organized or planned hypersonic research meetings.

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. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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