Research Scientist - Additive Manufacturing for Self Assembling Polymers
UES, Inc. has an opportunity available for an entry level scientist exploring the additive manufacturing of self-assembling polymer systems (e.g., block co-polymers), hybrid materials, and ceramics to work with our research team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. The Research Scientist will also spend an extended period (3-month period during summer) working in partner laboratories at Harvard University.
The Research Scientist will be an active member of the Composites Branch within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXCC). AFRL has a multidisciplinary team of chemists, materials scientists, and chemical engineers developing new materials and concepts for defense-related applications. The successful candidate will be involved in basic and applied research projects focused on the development, additive manufacturing and characterization of novel polymeric and hybrid materials.
Primary research responsibilities will be to develop and print novel resin formulations containing self-assembling and semi organic polymers (e.g., carbosilanes or siloxanes). The research scientist will work closely with internal and external collaborators. to include spending summers working in partner laboratories at Harvard University. The Scientist should be highly motivated, adaptable, and have experience in additive manufacturing, bock copolymer processing, specialty polymers, polymer-derived ceramics, as evidenced by research publications in peer-reviewed journals and professional society conference presentations. This position is expected to collaborate with AFRL’s multidisciplinary research staff to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles and aid in the development of technologies for U.S. national security interests. This opportunity is a stepping stone for candidates seeking future employment opportunities in government, academia, or industry.
• Ph.D. in Materials Science, Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering or related field is required (or dissertation defense is imminent)
• Strong background in printing and characterization of polymers or hybrid materials is a must
• Excellent oral and written communication skills are a prerequisite for employment
• A successful candidate will be self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
• This position is working within a government facility and requires U.S. Citizenship
Additional Qualifications Preferred:
• Hands on experience in techniques for the processing and characterization of polymers, copolymers or preceramic polymers
• Experience with appropriate materials characterization techniques such as AFM, SEM, NMR, TEM, and FTIR.