Thermoelectric Materials & Device Research Scientist

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Materials Science
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REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department

Are you passionate about influencing the scientific direction of thermoelectric materials and device research, for a broad range of applications from energy efficiency to thermal management?

 

Do you like contributing to creative solutions in a collaborative laboratory and team environment?

 

Would you love to work with a team of pioneering, passionate and dedicated scientists and engineers, on groundbreaking projects ranging from the fundamental advancements in science of thermoelectrics, to device applications that can have a profound impact in energy conversion, energy efficiency, novel sensors, novel electronics and thermal management?

 

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team!

 

The Multifunctional Materials & Nanostructures Group is seeking a research scientist with a strong background in solid state physics, semiconductor technology, and thermoelectric materials. The ideal candidate will have a strong track-record in thermoelectric or related energy conversion materials, device development and is passionate about working in a collaborative laboratory environment. We are seeking a researcher who is passionate, wants to develop research activities and lead as co-PI or PI on projects of national importance. The scientist will work closely with the Chief Technologist for Thermoelectrics and program managers to actively pursue new research opportunities. The candidate should understand the art of solving problems in materials, devices, and processes by being curious, creative and exploratory. The efforts are expected to solve our sponsor’s challenges, through defining compositions, architectures, and approaches to achieve or exceed targeted performance characteristics. The successful candidate will require exceptional communication skills, initiative and persistence to see their research tasks to completion. The position will support growing research projects in the Thermoelectrics area at JHU/APL, and the researcher/scientist will be expected to contribute to and pursue new innovative research topics. 

 

You will be joining a team of pioneering researchers, world-class engineers and scientists passionate about pioneering technology with an emphasis on innovative, focused and impactful research to achieve state-of-the-art results, while maintaining work ethics and healthy collaboration. Our team is committed to excellence in work and diversity. We strive to foster an environment of open communication and continuous improvement in our R&D efforts.

Your duties will include...

  • As a subject matter expert and a key contributor in a collaborative laboratory environment where creative solutions are essential, performing research and providing technical direction and insights to meet project objectives and build advanced prototypes for government agencies and sponsors.

 

  • Providing technical leadership in many areas of the thermoelectric R&D, from thin-films to bulk technologies, by developing technical strategy to investigate novel concepts, which include prototyping materials and thermoelectric devices.

 

  • Coordinating detailed data analysis in various projects to verify performance and explain characterization/test outcomes.

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  • Documenting and presenting technical work internally and externally, publish in high impact journals, and propose applications of technology to our government sponsors.

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  • Interfacing between the thermoelectric team and the project/program management, while serving as the connection for other departments or sectors across the laboratory seeking new thermoelectric materials, devices, and systems.

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  • Proposing your own research concepts and driving our strategy for the future through a combination of internal research and development (IR&D) and internal grants that are cornerstones of growth for scientific and professional development at JHU/APL.

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  • Demonstrating knowledge in this space: understand the challenges, speak the language, develop connections, and get increasing visibility, recognition and stature in the scientific community.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you:

  • Hold a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, or a related field.

 

  • Have an understanding of the science of semiconductors and thermoelectrics, synthesis/characterization of materials, and the application of materials in processes and devices used for energy conversion and storage.

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  • Have 5+ years of active laboratory experience in fabricating and testing semiconductor materials and devices.

 

  • Have experience in exploring new solutions and processes beyond the generic approaches used for semiconductor materials and device fabrication, packaging, and engineering.

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  • Are a team player and have excellent communication skills.

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  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings with sponsors and academic conferences. 

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  • Are able to 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.

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  • 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.

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You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you:

 

  • Have 10+ years of experience in performing thermoelectrics R&D communicating with industry and/or government sponsors.

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  • Have experience with active thermoelectric (thin-film or bulk) material synthesis and/or thermoelectric materials measurements.

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  • Have experience with solid state physics such as modeling by DFT, Molecular Dynamics and Electron/Phonon Transport calculations.

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  • Have experience with materials characterization tools including but not limited to optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy, etc. 

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  • Have a strong track record of success through innovative research and publications.

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Why work at APL?

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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 http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers (http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers).

 

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