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Optical Materials Research Scientist
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted September 02, 2021
Science-Materials Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Are you a problem solver?

Are you searching for meaningful work in the Research and Development of Novel Material Technologies?

Are you passionate about nano and microfabrication, tailored material properties, and their contributions to sensing, power and communication?

Do you like contributing to solving critical challenges for National Security and US Department of Defense missions?

If so,  we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking an Optical Materials Research Scientist, with a strong background in electromagnetics and fabrication. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in innovative electromagnetic materials, specifically engineered optical metamaterials and plasmonics for sensing, communications, and other defense and security applications. We are looking for a candidate who understands the art of solving problems in materials and engineering. This position will require outstanding communication skills, initiative, and patience to see their tasks to completion.

You will be joining a hardworking team of extraordinary engineers and scientists passionate about innovation, work ethic, and collaboration. Our team is committed to excellence in work and diversity. We strive to foster an environment of open communication and continuous improvement.

As an Optical Materials Research Scientist, uour duties will include:


  • Supporting ongoing research projects in sensing, energy conversion, and communications and will be encouraged to initiate new efforts to pursue innovative research as we believe innovation begins from all levels of experience. 


  • Working in a collaborative team environment with theorists and experimentalists to solve critical challenges of innovative R&D in designer materials.


  • Working on process development and fabrication with a focus on materials interaction, deposition, reliability, and performance. Areas of research will include electromagnetic, optical, power, and energy technologies, 2D material systems and other groups of technologically relevant thin film systems.


  • Critical thinking about and providing solutions to current shortcomings associated with current technologies/approaches.


  • Development of novel material proposals and projects which align with departmental challenges.


  • Hands-on work on micro/nanofabrication of electronic and optical devices with tasks that include photolithography, electron beam lithography, nanoimprint lithography, thin film deposition, wet etching, reactive ion etching, optical, electrical and mechanical characterization, and the facilitation, operation, and maintenance of laboratory equipment.


  • Contributions to sponsor briefings and proposals, publishing original research in this area, and presenting the work at academic and technical conferences.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...


  • Hold a Masters Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Have 5+ years of professional experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems.


  • Have demonstrated expertise in micro/nanofabrication techniques including photolithography, electron beam lithography, thin film deposition, wet etching, and reactive ion etching.


  • Have excellent verbal communication skills.


  • Accustomed to an adaptable work environment such as changing requirements and schedules.


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


  • Ability to run, repair and manage lab equipment.


  • Are able to obtain a Secret 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.


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


  • Possess a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline.


  • Have experience in analytical or computational materials science modeling and application of theory in guiding experimentation in the area of design of custom 2D materials with novel properties.


  • Have knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical materials, metamaterials, and/or related topics.


  • Are experienced in high-speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high-speed oscilloscopes.


  • Have a strong track record of innovative research and publication.


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


Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Research & Exploratory Development
  • Requisition ID: 27397
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Clearance not required
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Secret
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