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Engineer IV - Chemist, Scaled Nanotechnology

Malibu, CA, USA Req #121
Thursday, September 12, 2019

HRL Laboratories LLC is a jointly-owned research laboratory for The Boeing Company and General Motors. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, HRL has pioneered state of the art research and development for more than 70 years. HRL's scientists and engineers are on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and providing real-world technology solutions for the aerospace, automotive and defense industries. The Scaled Nanotechnology group at HRL is focused on developing new, multifunctional materials and coatings by controlling nano/micro-scale architecture to tailor properties such as wetting, heat transfer, ice nucleation, surface adhesion, reaction thermodynamics, kinetics, color, and elasticity. We are focused on using scalable processes to rapidly mature technologies from fundamental discovery to commercial products.

Education Desired: M.S. or Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, or closely related field with an emphasis in design, synthesis and applications of novel polymer-based materials.

Job Description: We are seeking a candidate to join our dynamic, interdisciplinary team addressing cutting edge industrial and basic materials science research. A successful candidate will (i) work with project leads to develop novel multi-functional polymers and nanostructured materials that address long-standing practical challenges in automotive, aerospace and defense fields; (ii) lead technical tasks focused on the development and testing of cost-feasible and scalable proof-of-concept polymers, nanostructured materials and subsystems (iii) Direct and mentor junior lab members while overseeing daily laboratory operations. The successful candidate will be required to work both independently and within interdisciplinary teams, and frequently communicate complex technical ideas to diverse audiences through presentations. As a result, excellent communication skills are critical.


 

Experience Desired: 5-10+ years industrial research or previous work experience with extensive and ongoing activity in a laboratory environment is desired.Experience developing and synthesizing new polymer systems for mechanical applications, structural applications, and/or coatings, particularly maturing or transitioning technology from bench top level to production or manufacturing scales. Familiarity with incorporating nanomaterials into polymer systems and demonstrating the effect on bulk properties. Demonstrated ability to work productively and energetically both independently and as a member of a team. Experience with model validation and conducting experiments is desirable as well as directing and mentoring technicians assisting projects. Experience with technical publications and presentations is desired. History of demonstrated technical innovation desirable.

Knowledge Desired: Practical synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry experience and understanding of common reactive group chemistry. Strong background in the chemistry and physics of polymers. Working knowledge of polymer design, synthesis and testing. Ability to connect physical theory to chemical structure and function to predict material properties and behavior. Familiarity with processing, characterization and simulation techniques spanning multiple length scales desired. Broad interest in innovation that addresses over-the-horizon automotive, aerospace and defense challenges is essential.

Essential Physical/ Mental Requirements: Must be able to perform work safely in a chemical laboratory environment. May be required to travel.

Special Requirements: U.S. citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain US Government security clearances as required.

Keywords: Polymer chemist, polymer scientist, polymer research and development (R&D), polymer physics, coatings, adhesives, industrial chemist

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.
 
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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA