Inorganic Chemist / Material Scientist (Term)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Inorganic Chemist/Material Scientist for a one year Term Appointment.

Job Summary: Synthesize and characterize materials for extreme environments and unique applications. Lead and participate in project teams to investigate state-of-the-art applications of developed materials.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Based on first principles theories, design, synthesize, and process inorganic compounds, ceramic powders, coatings and other materials to meet design requirements and / or specifications. Interact with teams and customers to understand application for which material is being developed and associated required material properties. (40%)
  • Characterize materials using various techniques and testing protocols. Unique testing protocols may need to be developed as part of investigations. (25%)
  • Participate in project / experimental planning. (10%)
  • Document results and prepare reports / presentations. (10%)
  • Generate independent, innovative concepts and pursue external sponsor engagement funding opportunities. (10%)
  • Pursue internal and external collaborative opportunities in support of materials capabilities. (5%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in inorganic chemistry, materials science, or related field with at least 15 years of experience in an R&D environment.
  • Experience with metals, alloys, ceramics, carbons, semiconductors, polymers, composites, etc. and processing thereof.
  • Experience with nano-materials and nano-composites and processing thereof.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong record of successful teamwork.
  • Flexibility and desire to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with the design and synthesis of high temperature thermal and oxidation / corrosion protection materials and coating systems.
  • Experience with coating application methods including plasma spray, HVOF, etc.
  • Experience with thermite chemistries as they relate to heat generating systems for applications such as advanced thermal battery development.
  • Experience with tungsten alloys and coating systems thereof.
  • Experience with electro-deposition of refractory metals and carbides.
  • Experience with advanced coating process methods such as CVD, PVD, etc.

Special Working Conditions: This is a one year Term Appointment. Must be able to work for several hours standing in a laboratory or working in closed spaces. Field testing may make travel necessary, up to approximately 10%.

Security: Eligibility for a Secret level security clearance required. Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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