High Performance Structural and Energetics Polymer
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 12/24/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: High Performance Structural and Energetics Polymer Engineer The Materials and Manufacturing Sciences Division of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking a candidate with expertise in polymer science and engineering to be able to design and evaluate high performance polymeric materials for structural and energetic applications. The primary focus of the research fellow would be to design, formulate, test and analyze polymer and composites samples to assess cohesive properties. The research fellow will prepare and mechanically test polymer samples according to ASTM testing specifications (tensile, flexural, toughness, other) and thermo-mechanically test and evaluate these materials using DMA, DSC, TMA, TGA, and other techniques. Spectroscopic evaluation to understand chemical functionality and interaction between materials is critical. The research fellow will perform optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography instruments and analyze results to gain an understanding of the morphology, including voids and cracks. A focus of the research fellow will also be to develop materials for energetic applications, in particular propellants. Therefore, handling and characterization of energetic materials is required. The candidate must have good verbal skills in order to disseminate findings within ARL. The candidate must be willing and able to work in a team environment. A degree in science or engineering is required, with a preference for mechanical engineering or materials science, although other related degrees would also be considered. A Ph.D. is required. In all cases, the mentor(s) will be working with the researcher on a regular basis at a frequency dependent on the candidate’s experience. Keywords: Chemistry, materials, polymers, additive manufacturing, energetics Click here for more information

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