Senior Scientist, Emergent Materials Systems
Description of Duties:
The senior scientist serves as the principal scientific authority and
independent researcher in the field of Emergent Materials Systems.
Responsible for planning, conducting, evaluating, and coordinating
theoretical and experimental studies in Emergent Materials Systems within
AFRL and with other DoD laboratories and agencies that increase the Air
Force capabilities relative to complex, multi-functional materials. These
multi-functional material systems are comprised of a designed composition
and structure that may span from the nano to macro scale. As in natural
systems, the resulting synergy within the design leads to emergent
properties - that is, performance characteristics not inherent to the
constituents, and are outside of existing composite and effective medium
theories. The incumbent will conduct research and development activities in
the broad areas of Emergent Materials Systems concepts, including
meta-materials, nanotechnology, multi-modal model-driven characterization,
material informatics, and optimization theory to provide critical path
solutions to agile RF, electronic warfare, directed energy, man-machine
teaming, hypersonics, and low-cost attritable systems. The Senior Scientist
supports the Director and Chief Scientist in technical reviews and
assessment of programs and new study areas, and interacts with other Air
Force and government agencies in matters relating to these technology areas.
The AF and AFRL requires thought-leadership at the convergence of these
activities, someone who can speak technically across the landscape of
materials function (structural, photonic, electronic, thermal, magnetic) as
they span the myriad of application space (directed energy, hypersonics,
EO/IR/RF ISR, weapons, etc) across the technical directorates. The primary
objective is to advance the knowledge and integration of multi-functional
materials systems to meet the needs of the Air Force.
This position reports to the AFRL/RX Director, SES, Tier 1.
The Senior Scientist directly influences a budget of approximately $5M
annually, and indirectly influences a budget of approximately $200M
annually. This is a non-supervisory position; however, subject to control
by the Director, the incumbent of the position influences the efforts of
approximately 400 military and civilian personnel within AFRL/RX and
includes a diverse mix of professional scientists and engineers and
technical program managers.
National recognition as evidenced by significant technical achievements and
contributions; participation on national/international level committees and
panels; high level honors and awards; and other equivalent recognition are
necessary. Position requires experience in broad multidisciplinary areas of
relevant technologies, including a high order of awareness of national
research and development programs relating to USAF requirements; and an
understanding of the R&D relationships among all elements of the federal,
industrial, and academic community. Must be capable of originality and
resourcefulness in order to assure that a progressive and aggressive
research program is pursued and that an operational philosophy to attain
these ends is clearly enunciated, adopted, and followed. Must have the
ability to analyze and integrate extremely complex technological programs
and to continually motivate a diverse group of professional engineers and
scientists. Must be capable of forming multi-disciplinary research teams
and integrate with academic center of excellence.
This position is an interdisciplinary professional position involving duties
and responsibilities closely related to more than one professional
occupation. As a result, the nature of the work is such that persons with
education and experience in one of the two different professions (listed
below) may be considered equally well qualified to do the work. To be
qualified, the incumbent must meet one of the education requirements for one
of the two occupational series listed below (Note: Acceptable combinations
of education and experience are listed on the OMP website):
(a) General Engineering (0801) series requires: A professional
engineering degree from an accredited institution is required.
(b) General Physical Science (1301) series requires: A degree in
physical science, engineering, or mathematics degree that included 24
semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
A doctorate degree in a related professional or scientific field is highly
Security Clearance: The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain TOP
SECRET security clearance.
Application: If you are interested in discussions around the position,
please feel free to contact Dr. Timothy Bunning, firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 937-255-6825. To gauge interest, please contact Dr. Bunning by April
13th if possible.