Non-Destructive Evaluation Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Non-Destructive Evaluation Engineer.

Job Summary: To serve as a member of an applied materials research team focused on providing expertise in materials engineering and non-destructive analysis of materials in support of Lab programs.

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

1. Perform as the Laboratory subject matter expert in the area of x-ray imaging for non-destructive evaluation (NDE). Maintain and operate the organization’s centralized x-ray computed tomography instruments and software for reconstruction and image analysis. Develop, apply and document characterization techniques and methodologies. Train additional users and mentor them to success. (25%)

2. Interact directly with in-house and external customers to understand program-specific application needs and provide relevant materials and systems evaluations (x-ray and other) and failure analysis in support as of these challenges. Analyze and interpret research results and document findings in technical reports, presentations or papers. (25%)

3. Develop new techniques and capabilities for non-destructive testing. Research areas include image processing and advancing the use of computed tomography for new materials and applications. Stay abreast of evolving NDE technologies. Propose, justify, demonstrate and grow future in-house capabilities.


4. Commit to learn and build proficiency in other non-destructive and destructive characterization methods employed within the organization for evaluation of polymers, metals, ceramics, adhesives and/or electronic materials.


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:

BS in Materials Science/Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Technical depth in non-destructive analysis and characterization of materials properties. Additional 5 yrs experience as expert practitioner of digital radiography (DR) and computed tomography (CT). Demonstrated proficiency in the application of standard and custom test methods to solve materials performance problems. Skill in communicating technical information (methods, results, interpretations, limitations) directly to the customer. Ability to work independently, exercising good technical judgment. Interpersonal skills to work as a member of a team. Interest in pursuit of independent research projects aligned with the organization’s broad application topic areas.

Desired Qualifications:

MS in Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent years of professional experience. Forensic engineering experience in identifying the origin and root causes of failures. Experience in experimental characterization of polymers, metals, ceramics, adhesives and/or electronic materials.

Security: Eligibility for a Secret clearance is 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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