Are you driven by creating new polymers to solve challenging materials science problems?
Are you searching for a role that leads to significant impacts in defense applications by applying your strength in organic chemistry?
Are you inspired by generating innovative materials solutions as part of a team of outstanding scientists and engineers?
If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.
We are seeking a Polymer Synthesis Chemist Post-doctoral Researcher to help develop novel material solutions through synthesis and characterization to achieve targeted properties. You will apply your strong background in organic chemistry, polymer science, and materials chemistry to develop solutions for the government's challenging problems. With expertise in the synthesis of soft polymers such as liquid crystalline elastomers, hydrogels, and block copolymers, you will design and create materials for applied research projects. You will have the opportunity to propose your own research concepts and will be encouraged to publish your research. As a member of our team, you will synthesize phase-changing polymers and contribute to unique materials research projects with defense and health applications such as sensors and phase-changing materials for soft robotics and shape memory polymers. We are a hardworking team of engineers and scientists that is committed to solving critical challenges and embracing risk with the goal of realizing innovative solutions. Our team is passionate about building advanced prototypes that will define the future of materials. We strive to foster a collaborative environment with world-class expertise that achieves game-changing impact. Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our nation's preeminence in the 21st century.
This is a one-year term position with the potential for transition to long-term employment.
As a Polymer Synthesis Chemist Post-doctoral Researcher...
•Your primary responsibility will be to create new materials by performing polymer synthesis and characterize the chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties of new materials through experimentation.
•You will perform detailed data analyses to verify synthesis and explain characterization results.
•You will document and present technical work internally and externally.
•As a post-doctoral researcher, you will carry out research projects independently and communicate results with a team of scientists and engineers.
You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
•Possess a PhD in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or organic materials chemistry.
•Have a strong synthesis background with an emphasis on soft elastomers.
•Are experienced in the synthesis of phase-changing polymers.
•Have demonstrated engineering skills in transitioning lab-scale materials to build advanced prototypes.
•Have a track record of publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals.
•Have experience in chemical and physical property characterization techniques.
•Are willing and able to perform work in a laboratory setting and travel for field testing, sponsor visits, conference attendance, and presentations.
•Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date. If selected, you 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.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
•Have experience with Michael addition reactions for synthesizing novel polymers.
•Are familiar with design of experiments (DOE) or similar practices for optimization as well as lab data acquisition and analysis tools, including LabVIEW, MATLAB, and JMP.
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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.