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Scientist IV - Multifunctional Materials and Structures

Malibu, CA, USA Req #457
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.

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 and dynamic materials and coatings by controlling nano/micro-scale architecture to tailor properties such as surface chemistry (e.g., adhesion, wetting, ice nucleation, corrosion resistance), transport and kinetics, thermal (CTE, emissivity), optical (e.g., color, refractive index), mechanical (e.g., elasticity), electrical and magnetic properties. We are focused on using scalable processes to rapidly mature technologies from fundamental discovery to commercial products.

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 use scalable chemistry to (i) develop novel multi-functional materials and structures, that address long-standing practical challenges in automotive, aerospace and defense fields; (ii) propose new research projects focused on the development of cost-feasible and scalable proof-of-concept polymers, composites and nanostructured materials; (iii) Design, build, test, simulate and deliver multifunctional materials and/or subsystem components to demonstrate functionality in advanced applications. Of particular interest are adaptive materials and structures that can change shape, mechanical or other properties, and those that can sense, diagnose and respond to external stimuli (e.g., actuation, morphing, self-healing, regeneration, structure remodeling, self-learning/optimizing materials). The successful candidate will be required to work both independently and within interdisciplinary teams, and frequently communicate complex technical ideas to diverse audiences, both through presentations, proposals and papers. As a result, excellent communication and writing skills are critical.

Experience Desired:
Strong candidates will have experience developing and synthesizing new multifunctional materials, polymers, composites and nanostructured materials. Practical organic and/or inorganic wet chemistry experience is essential. Experience utilizing modeling predictions in material design to control physical properties and collaborating with modelers is preferred. Experience with model validation and conducting experiments is desirable. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work productively and energetically both independently and as a member of a team. Must have authored scientific publications and given technical presentations. Experience with proposal writing is desirable along with a history of demonstrated technical innovation.

Knowledge Desired:
The preferred candidate will be capable of drawing from a wide range of scientific disciplines including chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanics, engineering and computational science. Practical synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry experience. 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 is desired. Broad interest in innovation that addresses over-the-horizon automotive, aerospace and defense challenges is essential.

Education Desired:
Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field with emphasis in design, synthesis and applications of novel materials. 
Postdoc experience is desired.

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. person status is required.

Keywords: Physical chemist, materials scientist, applied physics, polymer chemist, multifunctional materials, dynamic materials

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.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Malibu, CA, USA