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PhD-Level Materials Scientist

at Bennett Aerospace

Posted: 3/6/2019
Job Reference #: 1757
Keywords: research

Job Description

  • Job LocationsUS-NC-Durham
    Posted Date1 month ago(2/14/2019 10:27 AM)
    # of Openings
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    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.

    Job Description:

    Bennett Aerospace, Inc. has an opening for a highly motivated PhD-level Materials Scientist to provide the scientific and technical support to the Synthesis and Processing of (Structural) Materials program at the US Army Research Office (ARO) in Durham, North Carolina (the Research Triangle). This program seeks to discover and elucidate the governing processing-microstructure-property relationships for optimal creation of superior structural and bulk nanostructured materials, including metals, ceramics and composites (as opposed to thin film processing or nanoparticulate synthesis). Additional scientific and technical support to the Synthesis and Processing of (Structural) Materials program is needed to manage these grants and contracts effectively and proactively, respond promptly to important taskers, and effectively recruit and identify new opportunities in the field of Materials Science requires the successful candidate must have enthusiasm and excitement towards fundamental basic research in Materials Science (as opposed to applied R&D focused research).

    The ARO mission is to serve as the Army's executive agency for development and conduct of extramural basic research with authority and responsibility for programs in the physical sciences, engineering sciences, and mathematical and information sciences, in response to Army-wide requirements. ARO develops, acquires and manages an extramural research program comprising both single investigator-initiated projects, and small teams of investigators on multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives. Additionally, ARO develops, publishes and disseminates Army extramural basic research interests through broad agency announcements to prospective offerors at educational and research institutions, nonprofit organizations, government and industrial laboratories. In support of research program activities, ARO ensures the award of research grants/cooperative agreements/contracts, providing technical and procurement strategy, and program oversight through the award cycle.

    The successful candidate with provide additional scientific, technical, and programmatic expertise in Synthesis and Processing of Materials to help the Materials Science Division achieve maximum effectiveness in operations regarding Synthesis and Processing of Materials. This individual must have a passion and drive for exploration into new and emerging research areas.

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

    • Help identify and assess research opportunities through interactions with the scientific community;
    • Identify qualified reviewers for proposals submitted against the ARO BAA and other requests for proposals;
    • Analyze other government agency programs supporting Synthesis and Processing of Materials research and identify evaluate and report strategies to the Program Manager for collaboration and leveraging of relevant research being executed in government laboratories, academia, and industry;
    • Create reports documenting technical progress, financial status, metrics and possible future directions for the Synthesis and Processing of Materials program or other ARO Materials Science programs to consider;
    • Analyze and review progress reports and technical documents to assess and make recommendations on scientific and technical progress for Synthesis and Processing of (Structural) Materials programs. Summaries of accomplishments and assessments will be provided to the Synthesis and Processing of Materials program manager, the Materials Science division chief, and other ARO personnel as requested;
    • Review and provide recommendations for budgets and fiscal plans; and
    • Provide written and oral reports summarizing the work performed and results obtained as required, including an annual report and activity reports for each trip taken.


    Education and Experience:

    • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, or similar scientific discipline
    • 0-5 years of post-graduation work experience
    • Technical expertise in the areas of material processing-microstructure-property relationships; structural materials characterization; and fabrication, synthesis, and processing of advanced structural materials

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Strong intellectual interest in a broad range of science and engineering disciplines;
    • Exceptionally strong written and verbal English communication skills;
    • Ability to work with diverse technical and administrative teams from academia, government, and industry;
    • Able to initiate open discussion with internal and external customers to understand and trouble shoot problems; and
    • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and e-mail software. Expert in spreadsheet development, manipulation, and management. Must be quick learner with new databases, portals, and systems.


    • Expertise in the areas of thermally stable nanocrystalline materials, manufacturing process science, and materials design
    • Experience in carrying out research in synthesis and processing of materials
    • Individual who enjoys engaging with peers who is eager and excited to work on teams
    • Person who possesses enthusiasm and excitement for fundamental research
    • Experience with research funding and research program procedures
    • Experience attending, presenting and networking at conferences

    Travel Requirements:

    • Up to 25% of the time
    • An estimate of 30 domestic trips with an average of 1-2 days duration is contemplated.

    Language Skills:

    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations in standard American English;
    • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; and
    • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

    Security Restrictions:

    • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain a US Government security clearance


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

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled