Senior Materials Scientist/Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development and located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is looking for a Materials Senior Scientist/Engineer for its spacecraft missions. The successful candidate will contribute to materials development and test, technology development, and mission approvals on Civil Space and National Security Space missions, from concept development through integration, test, and mission operations.


1. Lead materials development and approvals for one or more programs.

2. Lead materials test plan development and requirements verification.

3. Participate in research and technology development initiatives.

4. Support conceptual design studies and proposals.

5. Mentor young materials engineers.

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 and Engineering or related engineering/science degree.
  • 10-15 years of experience in materials test or development related to space or solar applications.
  • Experience in failure analysis and materials characterization.
  • Experience with materials engineering instrumentation such as XRD, SEM, and AFM.
  • Specific experience with materials for either NASA or DoD spacecraft missions.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in a lead role for a government funded space mission

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel may be required

Security: 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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