Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Sr. Materials Corrosion Scientist

3+ months agoLaurel, MD

Are you motivated by inventing new materials and analyzing and predicting component failure in extreme environments?

Are you excited by applying your skills as a problem solver and innovator to make meaningful contributions to the defense and national health fields?

Do you love working on diverse teams to apply your analytical skills to accelerate material development for a variety of applications?

Have you ever dreamed about taking up a leadership position?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

Our team is seeking a Sr. Materials Corrosion Scientist to help expand our impact in Corrosion Science & Engineering. As a member of our team, you will apply your strong background in metallurgy and electrochemistry to generate impactful solutions to our country's most important challenges. By joining our team of subject-matter-experts, you will have the opportunity to take ownership over several corrosion related research efforts to characterize and prevent material degradation across a range of government applications. You will develop and grow APL's portfolio of impactful materials research and innovate in an applied laboratory setting by utilizing our state-of-the art materials characterization facility and computational resources. In this role, collaboration with additional university and government laboratories is essential to expedite APL's development cycle and contribute to laboratory wide initiatives.

Your primary responsibility will be collaborating with APL project managers to deliver results on the performance of additively manufactured metals in corrosive environments. By partnering across the organization and with government sponsor agencies to understand the scope of legacy corrosion research and you will identify unmet needs where APL can provide innovative solutions. You will work with APL's current laboratory toolset, including Localized Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and other electrochemical instruments, and with external collaborators towards success in current metal corrosion efforts and identification of innovative approaches for studying and influencing corrosion mechanisms. Through crafting and executing independent R&D on materials and testing methods to further develop capabilities, our team will impact the entire Applied Physics Lab sponsor community.

At APL, we strive to foster a collaborative environment with outstanding knowledge that achieves groundbreaking impact. Our APL team values integrity and creative ideas that will ensure our nation's preeminence in the 21st century.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have an MS with 5+ years of experience in electrochemistry and corrosion research including laboratory experience, publishing, and proposal writing.
  • Have established interaction with government or military stakeholders on related corrosion issues.
  • Are self-motivated and have the aim to maneuver barriers and persist to achieve technical success.
  • Have experience operating stress corrosion test equipment and electrochemical instruments
  • Are motivated by developing custom tests to improve the understanding of complex physics
  • Have the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility includes U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Possess a PhD in Materials Science, Electrochemistry, Metallurgy, or other related field
  • Have experience with metal additive manufacturing processes
  • Are passionate about ways to manipulate material corrosion response to change the way we use materials in specific applications
  • Are driven by developing new materials with a corrosion forward approach

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 at