• Senior Materials Engineer

    Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/18/2018 3:23 PM)
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  • Overview

    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 www.draper.com.


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    We are seeking a candidate to specifically support a set of metallurgical and composite formulations where we tune nanoscale and mesoscale structures of bulk materials to yield the desired performance.  Powder processing, vapor deposition, and electrochemical techniques are utilized along with thermal post processing.  The candidate is expected to contribute to maturing the technology from critical function characterization to prototype laboratory demonstration..  The opportunity may arise to present to executives at Draper and/or external customers. 

    The initial project assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise.  However the candidate is expected to learn new technologies on the job, in order to support activities such as:

    • Designing and performing experiments utilizing vapor deposition and powder processing including ball milling, HIPing, sintering and working with senior staff to optimize processes and characterization techniques.  
    • Handling, post processing, and characterization of vapor deposited thin films.
    • 3D Printing of novel inks and ink sintering
    • Characterization techniques to include electrical (resistivity) thermal (calorimetry), mechanical (adhesion, yield stress), and microstructural (microscopy), microstructural characterization using FIB/SEM/EDS/EBSD and TEM.
    • Processing, characterization and fabrication of thermoelectric materials and systems.
    • Evaluation of high value capital equipment for the lab including FIB/SEM/EDS


    The successful candidate will have a strong background in Materials Science and Engineering, laboratory experience, demonstrated independent technical work, contributed to experimental plans, data collection and analysis. 

    It is required that the candidate has:

    • A Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related field (physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc) or a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related field and a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
    • Strong understanding of how microstructures affect properties and how processing can be used to design microstructures.
    • Experience with thin film deposition, powder processing, electrochemistry or 3D Printing.
    • Materials characterization experience, including FIB/SEM/EDS.
    • Peer reviewed publications, patents, or conference presentations

    It is desired but not required that the candidate has:

    • A Ph.D. thesis related to the nanoscale or mesoscale control of bulk metallic materials.
    • Experience with system integration where a novel material formulation is integrated with an existing system. Knowledge of compatibility & material interface issues is key. 
    • Experience with TEM, DSC/DTA, adhesion/tensile testing, fracture toughness characterization
    • Experience with safe handling of small scale energetic materials
    • Expertise in thermoelectric materials

    This position will require the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance. 


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