ARL Soft Armor Research
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 8/4/2019

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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