Department of Chemistry



Polymer Chemist/Scientist



JOB TITLEPolymer Chemist/ Scientist (Job ID:  31681)


We are looking for a motivated Polymer Chemist/ Scientist with expertise in polymeric materials as it applies to space applications.  The individual we’re seeking will also have expertise in polymer physics and characterization (and/or similar areas) with a strong emphasis on nanoscale phenomena such as polymer adhesion and other surface science phenomena.  The successful candidate must be able to function in a laboratory environment, while also interfacing with customers to provide technical advice. Primary duties are the following: (a) evaluate and characterize polymer performance behavior; (b) define new space materials and processes associated with their manufacture and (c) develop new polymeric-base materials through manipulation of polymer structure property relationships.  Responsibilities include research on internally or externally funded programs and providing technical support to Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD customers. An ability to travel and participate in field operations is important, as are a willingness to learn and flexibility with respect to task assignment. The position requires the applicant to be a self-motivated and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.  Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with customers, management, and co-workers both orally and in writing are a requirement.  The successful applicant will be expected to give technical presentations, publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, write internal reports, and prepare research and test proposals. The candidate will also need to manage multiple projects and must also explain highly technical information in a very easily understandable manner. 


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Materials Science or Polymer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.  At least 2 years of experience, structure-property relationships, polymer physics, characterization, mechanics of materials, with knowledge of equipment and instruments of a typical polymer or composites laboratory are required.  Industrial experience and knowledge of space resin / adhesives is a plus.  Strong interpersonal skills, ability to effectively convey technical information to non-technical personnel via oral and written forms are essential. Must be able to obtain/maintain DoD Secret clearance.  MUST BE A US CITIZEN.


The Aerospace is a non-profit corporation operating a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to provide research, development, and advisory services. The Corporation's primary customers are the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) of Air Force Space Command, and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), although work is performed for other agencies, international organizations, and governments in the national interest. The Aerospace Corporation functions as an "architect-engineer" for national security programs, specializing in advanced military space systems. The Corporation's Laboratory Operations supports the effective and timely development and operation of national security systems through scientific research and the application of advanced technology.


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