Bennett Aerospace

  • 2D Materials Development Engineer/Scientist

    Job Locations US-MD-Aberdeen
    Posted Date 6 months ago(12/18/2018 4:32 PM)
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  • Overview

    About Us:


    Bennett Aerospace, Inc. is located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.  Established in 2008, we are a woman owned, veteran owned, certified 8(a) small business that provides scientific, engineering, and technical advisory services to our customers. Primarily focused on Federal Government clients in general, and the Department of Defense in particular, Bennett Aerospace provides expert guidance and advice on the full spectrum of R&D and its applications in engineering, science, medicine, and IT, as well as providing strategic programmatic support in order to meet customer goals and objectives.  Bennett Aerospace is a rapidly growing business focused on hiring and retaining the best people.


    Bennett AerospaceInc. has an opening for a highly motivated 2D Materials Development Engineer/Scientist in support of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland. 


    Job Description:


    The successful scientist/engineer candidate will specialize in the synthesis, characterization and modeling of polymer systems.  Support requirements are fivefold:


    (a) synthesize polymer systems via various techniques including atom transfer radical polymerization, radical polymerization, and epoxy/amine thermoset reactions;


    (b) characterize materials using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy;


    (c) model the behavior and chemistries of these materials using density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, and peridynamics techniques;


    (d) perform surface functionalization of carbon-based reinforcement materials like carbon fibers or carbon nanotubes to make these materials compatible with a wide range of polymers.


    (e) process various polymer blends via extrusion or other appropriate methods for subsequent mechanical testing.


    Support tasks are complex and require the application of advanced physical, materials, and mathematical principals. 




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    As determined by Government requirements, activities that the successful candidate shall complete include but are not limited to:


    • Conduct synthesis of various polymers including epoxy-based thermosets, polyimides, and polyacrylates.
    • Conduct surface functionalization of carbon fibers and/or carbon nanotubes to attach various polymers.
    • Scale up the above synthesis and surface functionalization strategies to tens of grams per day types of levels.
    • Conduct thermal characterization of the above synthesized materials using DSC, DMA and TGA.
    • Conduct surface analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to quantify atomic concentrations of surface modified carbon materials and polymers.
    • Use DFT modeling to investigate methods of initiating polymerization reactions.
    • Use peridynamic modeling to predict mechanical properties of various composite systems.
    • Prepare blends of polymers via extrusion processing for subsequent mechanical testing.
    • Prepare presentations and written documents summarizing efforts in Government format for Form 1 approval (process of instruction provided by COR as GFI). Upon TO COR request, Contractor personnel shall present the information to the ARL staff, universities, private corporations, research institutes, national laboratories, or other Government research centers.
    • Travel may be required.


    Education and Experience:

    • Masters of Science in materials, mechanics, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering preferred and 5 years' experience, or PhD in materials, mechanics, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering.
    • Must be a US citizen with a SECRET clearance or able to obtain.


    • Competitive market-based salary, commensurate with experience and education
    • Comprehensive benefits package available

    About our client, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL):

     For more than 50 years, in laboratories belonging to the Army Futures Command (AFC) and their antecedents in the Technical Corps, civilians have conducted the great majority of the Army's basic science programs, whether as in-house scientists and engineers or as contractors in private industry and academia. Among their many successes, these civilians helped develop the proximity fuse; worked to develop ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer; grew some of the first synthetic large quartz crystals; and developed the titanium alloy T1-6A1-4V.

    Currently, ARL scientists and engineers are pioneering research in such areas as neuroergonomics, energetic materials and propulsion, individual warfighter protection, energy science, electronics technologies, network sciences, virtual interfaces and synthetic environments and autonomous systems.

    ARL continues reaching out to "partner" with leading researchers in industry and academia, while it is also reaching out to the active Army to ensure that programs produce advanced technologies that support Soldiers in the field today - and in the future.

    National defense is one of the most critical duties performed by the federal government for the American people. Cutting-edge technology research and development offer incredible potential to improve the Army's chances of surviving and winning any future conflicts. ARL, as the Army's corporate or central laboratory for combat materiel, will play a constructive, key role in the national defense as it executes its strategies to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.


    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled




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