Materials Applications Development Scientist
BNNT Materials LLC is seeking a Materials Scientist that is eager to apply their diverse background to the development of game-changing products featuring boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). BNNT Materials LLC is the world leader in high quality boron nitride nanomaterials and a revenue-generating spin-out from US National Labs and NASA. We are seeking a candidate who possess the scientific, visionary, and leadership skills to advance our extraordinary BNNTs to a premier role in areas including composites, thermal management, radiation shielding, and energy storage.
The candidate will contribute to development of BNNT-based technologies, cultivating ideas from inception to testing to prototype and finally product commercialization. The candidate may lead or support a variety of currently funded R&D programs and will be expected to conduct exploratory research and development efforts to establish new R&D directions and methodologies.
The successful candidate will have the skills to collaborate with a variety of multidisciplinary partners across industries partnering with the Company. Their role will be key to the advancement of a small business where talents, creativity, drive, and expertise are embraced and rewarded. We are seeking a self-motivated person who is efficient with their time and capable of independent productivity within the department. The individual must work well with a team and have a passion for nanomaterials development. BNNT Materials LLC is excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to someone who can achieve these goals.
Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Performing innovative nanomaterials R&D within a laboratory setting in areas of BNNT composites, fabrics, dispersion, and purification, among others
- Supporting early product development through sourcing of equipment and assembly of prototypes for ongoing research
- Maintaining and operating laboratory equipment; solving routine technical problems
- Developing new methodologies to support prototype and product development and characterization of nanomaterials
- Recording, summarizing, and interpreting raw data
- Providing timely and effective communication and recommendations in informal settings to the Company to progress rapidly
- Communicating with external commercial, government, and university collaborators and partners to advance business and R&D opportunities and support product development
- Developing and implementing standard operating procedures that facilitate safe operation of equipment and lab processes, including training of new users
- Executing literature searches and reviews; staying current with boron nitride nanomaterial technologies and developments
Minimum Qualifications and Skills
- Master’s degree in materials science, engineering, chemistry, or a related field of study
- Four years of related research or industrial laboratory experience
- A strong knowledge of nanomaterials and related current technologies including processing and characterization methods
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced R&D environment
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong commitment to quality, safety, and attention to detail
- Excellent communication, technical writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
- Ph.D. in materials science, engineering, chemistry, or a related field of study
- Four years of related research or industrial laboratory experience in development and evaluation of nanomaterial-based products
- Expertise in one or more of the following areas: nanomaterial composites (ceramics, polymers, or metals), thin films, thermal management, fibers, nanomaterial dispersion, catalysis, and sensing
- Expertise in characterization of nanomaterials by the following methods: scanning and tunneling electron microscopies, atomic force microscopy, electron dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, Raman scattering, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, thermal analysis, and mechanical property testing
- Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of boron nitride nanomaterial state-of-the-art
- Pick, pinch, or otherwise work with fingers; seize, grasp, hold, turn, or otherwise with hands
- Lift 30 pound objects
- Walk within facility areas, with occasional kneeling, stooping, crouching, and crawling
- Work in both hot and cold conditions
- Sit and work at a computer workstation for extended periods of time
- Identify and distinguish colors, perceive temperatures, and smells
- Distinguish equipment noises, tones, and alarms from background noises
The incumbent may be assigned to work areas where certain potentially harmful physical and chemical agents are present which may include fumes, dust, noise, heat, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and chemicals.
Primary Location: BNNT Materials LLC’s headquarters located in Newport News, VA
Travel Required: May include up to 5-15 % domestic/international
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, other federal, state, or local protected class or on the basis of disability.
How to Apply
Resumes can be submitted electronically in PDF format via our online career form.