Serves as Propellant Formulator Principal Investigator for AFRL Rocket Lab, providing subject matter expertise and daily oversight/direction of a small team of chemistry and engineering technicians. Leads the development of propellant formulation utilizing state-of-the-art ingredients, binders, and processing techniques. Fully characterizes the impact of new materials or processing techniques on the combine chemical and mechanical properties of the propellant (compared to baselines). Represents the laboratory to outside organizations and serves as a recognized expert in rocket propulsion technology.
Qualifications: United States Citizenship is required. Bachelor's degree in Engineering or professional degree with engineering related courses from an accredited school is required. A doctoral degree from an accredited school in chemical or mechanical engineering is high desired. Experience in at least two of the following areas is highly desired: chemical engineering, additive manufacturing, polymer engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or related fields. Education, training, or experience with solid rocket propulsion, liquid rocket propulsion, rocket test management, and rocket program management are highly desired.