Materials & Process Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. APL is actively seeking a Materials & Process Engineer, for the Advanced Mechanical Fabrication Group. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

The Materials & Process Engineer will work closely with senior staff to serve as a materials engineering resource for the advancement of novel materials. Contribute through an understanding of materials and engineering manufacturing principles, teamwork, and technical communication.

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

1.Seek opportunities to transition novel materials into programs (20%)

2.Carry out material evaluations in support of customer requirements and IRAD programs (15%)

3.Coordinate testing of materials and components to evaluate engineering properties and conformance to operational requirements (15%)

4.Execute research and development around advanced materials and additive manufacturing (15%)

5.Develop and execute test plans to evaluate new materials and processes for additive manufacturing (10%)

6.Work directly with technicians and engineers to establish project goals and timelines (10%)

7.Expand on current research and development efforts and seek follow-on opportunities (10%)

8.Report results to customers and document findings in technical reports or papers (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:

  • MS in Materials Science/Mechanical Engineering or related or BS plus 3-5 years' experience
  • Interest or experience with manufacturing engineering
  • Strong background in metallurgy, phase diagrams, thermodynamics & kinetics
  • Knowledge of metal and polymer additive technologies
  • Experience with CAD design
  • Experience with materials characterization including microscopy, mechanical testing, x-ray diffraction, thermal analysis & other types of characterization
  • The ability to solve common engineering problems including the documentation and communication of the work
  • Requires excellent communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and within multi-disciplined teams
  • Must exercise good technical judgement
  • Must be able to multi-task as required
  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD materials Science
  • Experience with finite element modeling
  • Design of experiments capabilities
  • Experience with data reduction and analysis
  • Experience with (or knowledge of) metal matrix composites, ceramics, and compositionally complex alloys.
  • understanding of adhesives and applications

Special Working Conditions:

Local and domestic travel to sponsors, government laboratories, and contractor facilities.


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.


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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