Physical Chemist

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 4 months ago(10/20/2017 9:04 AM)
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit


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Draper is seeking a highly motivated and energetic physical chemist to join our interdisciplinary chemistry and failure analysis Laboratory.  This position requires a detail-oriented person who can work closely with a team of chemists, material scientists, physicists and engineers in designing and testing materials and processes for a variety of high-reliability electro-mechanical and opto-electric devices. The individual must be flexible, able to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and able to work as a leader and/or a member of teams and work independently.


The position involves applying  knowledge of chemistry to perform analytical chemical and material testing in support of new products and in support of fielded systems.   This includes performing complex calculations and chemical analyses along with assessments to support design, troubleshooting, and failure analysis of high reliability systems. The position requires the candidate to generate predictive models for corrosion, oxidation and thermal degradation of materials as well as experiments to validate the models. The candidate will work with industrial partners and sub-contractors by serving as the point person in technology transfer and failure analysis of high reliability materials as well as assist in developing methods and procedures to control or modify manufacturing processes.


An MS or PhD in physical chemistry with hands-on laboratory experience.  Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience.


Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.


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