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Energy Materials Researcher
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 09/24/2021
Science-Materials Science
Science-Chemical Engineering
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Are you ambitious to innovate?

Are you inspired by researching materials for power and energy technologies?

Do you like 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 energy materials researcher who has a strong background in materials design and engineering, energy conversion and storage technologies, and materials synthesis. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in applying the principles of science and engineering to experimental materials research in the laboratory environment, employing structure-property relationships to engineer new functional materials. We are also looking for a candidate who understands the art of solving problems in materials and engineering. The successful candidate must demonstrate exceptional communication skills and the initiative and patience to see their tasks to completion.

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

As a materials engineer, you will support on-going research on, including but not limited to, energy conversion and storage materials and devices. For longer-term career growth in APL, the candidate is expected to explore new efforts for innovative materials research in the future as we believe innovation begins from all levels of experience. Your imminent duties include:

  • Providing support for on-going energy conversion and storage, and thermal materials projects. Activities include, but are not limited to, developing new materials and devices for flexible batteries, developing new thermally insulating materials, developing new catalytic materials for energy conversion, and process optimization for new material design.

  • Interacting with laboratory technicians, scientists, and engineers daily to ensure statement of work tasks are completed within the agreed upon timeframe. Reporting work progress in both oral and written form.


  • Critically thinking about and providing solutions to current shortcomings associated of current technologies/approaches.


  • Pursuing innovative research in materials and power and energy technologies.


  • Contributing to sponsor briefings, white papers, and proposals, and 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 Bachelors' Degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline.

  • Have 1+ years of laboratory experience in synthesizing and characterizing materials, and working on functional materials research.

  • Are a team player and have excellent communication skills.

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


  • 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.


  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.


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

  • Hold a Masters' Degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.


  • Have experience with fabricating and characterizing Li-ion batteries including pouch cells.


  • Have experience with developing new thermally insulating or conducting materials.


  • Have experience with textile energy conversion and storage materials and devices.


  • Have experience with air-free chemistry and synthesis approaches.


  • Have experience with catalytic energy conversion technologies.


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

Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Research & Exploratory Development
  • Requisition ID: 27631
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Clearance not required
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Secret
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