ARL Soft Armor Research
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 12/4/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: ARL Soft Armor Research Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army's central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. US citizenship is required for this research opportunity. The successful candidate will assist with the development of novel nano-mechanical test methods for and characterization of single fibers and sub-fiber morphologies, using the primary tools of atomic force microscopy and instrumented indentation, typically adding in situ material strains during the test. Of specific interest is the origin of failure and strength (failure analysis and modes of failure) for current high-performance fiber chemistries and processing. Candidates who are interested in broadening their professional experience by learning and developing new nano-mechanical characterization techniques to probe material structure-property relationships at the nano-scale are encouraged to apply. Preferred experience includes: nano-mechanical characterization methods (AFM, nanoindentation); high performance fibers or related materials; background in engineering (materials properties, mechanical testing). Required qualifications: Applicants should have received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong academic background with research experience in structure-property and mechanical testing of materials. Additional experience with atomic force microscopy is desirable. Keywords: soft armor, fiber, atomic force microscope, morphology, structure, property

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Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers’ laboratories and research facilities worldwide.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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