Materials Researcher for Metallic Materials Development

Materials Science
REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department
Do you love to invent new materials to tackle unique problems?
Are you searching for meaningful work targeted toward having an impact in the defense, energy and space-related fields?
Are you passionate about advancing the latest science as part of a team of outstanding scientists and engineers?
Do you like contributing to innovative solutions in a collaborative environment?
If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.
We are seeking a Materials Researcher to help us design and characterize innovative metallic materials (e.g., shape memory alloys, metal matrix composites, refractory materials), that exploit the flexibility of additive manufacturing and advanced powder metallurgy processes. You will apply your strong background of alloy design, unique characterization techniques, and solidification theory to generate solutions for the government's challenge problems. With expertise in structure-property-processing relationships and materials manufacturing, you will develop outstanding, multi-functional structures that exhibit dramatic increases in performance metrics. You will have the opportunity to propose your own research concepts and drive the strategy for the future. For example: as a member of our team, you'll contribute to outstanding materials research projects with defense and security applications such as materials for extreme environments, soldier protection, new types of coatings, and corrosion resistant material research. You will be joining a hardworking team of engineers and scientists that is committed to developing advanced materials. Our team is passionate about applying these material solutions to advanced prototypes that will define the future of materials. We strive to foster a collaborative environment with world-class expertise that achieves groundbreaking impact. Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our nation's preeminence in the 21st century.
As a Materials Researcher...
  • Your primary responsibility will be to design novel alloy compositions and structures that exploit the processing pathway of rapid thermal gradients during additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, plasma spray, and other novel manufacturing techniques.


  • You will develop processes that build upon classical metallurgy and processing to advance research in modern metallic systems such as shape memory alloys, high entropy alloys, and refractory metal composites.


  • You will perform detailed data analyses to verify synthesis and explain characterization results.


  • You will detail and present technical work internally and externally.


  • You will communicate daily with project teams and leadership on computational materials science work to support programmatic needs; participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches; and report work progress in both oral and written form.
You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have 5+ years of demonstrated experience in materials processing and characterization.


  • Possess an PhD degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Materials Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.


  • Have a background in metallurgy, characterization, and corrosion.


  • Have the ability to self-direct new research paths based on results and propose new ideas.


  • Are willing and able to perform work in a laboratory setting and travel for field testing, sponsor visits, conference attendance, and presentations.


  • Are able to ultimately obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have experience with additive manufacturing of metals.


  • Have experience with any of the following: shape memory alloys, tungsten alloys (or other refractory alloys), welding of dissimilar metals.


  • Have experience with computational alloy design.


  • Have experience in the characterization of mechanical and thermal material properties.


  • Are familiar with design of experiments (DOE) or similar practices for optimization as well as lab data acquisition and analysis tools, including LabView, MatLab, and JMP.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. 

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


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