Mgr Research Development 2 - Quantum Materials & Devices

    • Manhattan Beach, CA

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Laboratory Lead for fundamental research in Quantum Materials & Devices, reporting to the Director of Basic Research. The Laboratory Lead will act as a principal investigator for a team of approximately five scientists, whose responsibilities include the planning, prioritization, and execution of foundational research to advance the frontier of discovery in aerospace science and technology. The Laboratory Lead will play an active role in shaping research priorities in quantum science, and in transitioning emerging research into applied technology development.

In this this role, the selected candidate will be expected to:

  • Act as a subject matter expert with substantial knowledge of diverse disciplines related to physics and quantum technology.
  • Develop and communicate a long-range strategic vision for research in quantum science, with regular analysis of alternative courses of action and risk/reward scenarios
  • Manage the Quantum Materials & Devices laboratory's statement of work, setting objectives and providing guidance to team members based on the R&T organization's objectives while managing risk, budget, schedule, and staffing assignments
  • Perform impactful original research, and communicate results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences
  • Advise and coordinate research efforts by other members of the research staff, including facilitating research by subordinate principal scientists who operate also with a significant degree of autonomy
  • Create and leverage strategic collaborations with partner organizations such as universities, consortia, and national labs
  • Generate intellectual property and transition emerging research into technological discriminators for NGAS enabling breakthrough capabilities for USG missions


Basic Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, or another STEM related discipline from an accredited university, with at least 5+ years of engineering experience
  • Experience as an independent researcher in Quantum Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic & Molecular Physics or related discipline
  • Proficiency in cost & schedule management, communication skills, and team leadership
  • Ability to obtain and maintain in-scope DoD Secret or SCI clearance
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD. in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, or related STEM discipline from an accredited university with at least 5 years work experience in the field
  • Experience as a principal investigator, program manager, or research team lead in Quantum Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic & Molecular Physics or related discipline
  • Strong analytical and problem solving ability
  • Active in-scope DoD Secret or SCI clearance
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