Senior Research Scientist (Materials Science)
The Senior Research Scientist (Materials Science) incumbent of this position serves as the principal scientific leader for the Army's national and international fundamental materials science and engineering research programs as related to weapons, platforms, soldier equipment, and lifecycle affordability across ground, air, and soldier domains; this position is located in the Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Army Research Laboratory, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). The incumbent is a leading expert in the field of materials science who actively performs and directs team research efforts and leads and manages external programs in materials science and engineering. Incumbent identifies new areas for materials research and development and performs research programs of the highest caliber which result in the development of new theories and which also may result in modifications of current theory and/or technological capabilities. Incumbent interprets the impact of materials technology on broad Army requirements. The Senior Research Scientist's research activities are aimed at long-term applications of advanced materials in future Army systems, resulting in oral presentations and publications and reports. The incumbent's immediate supervisor is the SES Director, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate (WMRD), of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Supervision is characterized by 1) a degree of confidence in and reliance on the incumbent's productivity, competence, and judgment such that there is an unusual level of support for his/her recommendations; 2) responsibility and delegation of responsibility for interpretations, recommendations, and conclusions having major impact on matters of great urgency and significance are furnished to other agencies and the professional community without reference to or knowledge of higher authority; 3) a supervisory relationship that reflects recognition of the researcher as both a leading technical authority in his/her field and as a distinguished scientist, with reports and papers published as well as presentations made to professional groups.