Alternative coating systems for DOD platforms
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 9/11/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Alternative coating systems for DOD platforms Research and Development of Alternative Chemistries for Ground Vehicles and Vertical Lift Platforms: 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. Coating and corrosion research is an ongoing and active effort for ARL and requires extensive efforts to develop, test and verify performance of various coatings and corrosion related chemistries. Recent advances in novel pretreatments, corrosion inhibitors and topcoats chemistries have created new opportunities for improving the performance of coatings systems and subsequent stack ups; however the data and demonstration of those chemistries need to be conducted to determine the properties and performance of these chemistries. Exceptional candidates are sought in the area of coatings and corrosion science in the area of formulation and characterization, particularly pertaining to evaluation of new coatings systems. The project will require participating as part of a large application driven research team to verify and validated the performance of variety of coatings systems. The main focus will be the development of test matrixes and evaluation with emphasis on characterization tools to identify exceptional materials and improve the performance and application of new systems developed. This research opportunity aligns with the ARL S&T Campaign in the areas of ground vehicles and vertical lift platforms in an effort to improve the performance, reliability and versatility of future Army systems. Required qualifications: Applicants should have received a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong academic background with research experience in coatings formulation, coating processing (application, testing and characterization ) and mechanical testing (static and dynamic) of materials. Additional experience with accelerated test, UV-VIS spectrophotometers, gloss meters and similar devices etc.) are highly desirable. This opportunity is open to U.S. Citizens only. Keywords: Pretreatment, primer, chemical agent resistant coatings, coating

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