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Energy Researcher

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description

Description

Are you passionate about developing new materials and devices for a broad range of energy applications to solve critical challenges?

 

Are you interested in groundbreaking projects ranging from the fundamental advancements in science of photovoltaics (PV) to device applications that can have a profound impact in energy conversion, energy efficiency, novel sensors, novel electronics, and thermal management?

 

Are you skilled in experiment design and hardware to perform PV research and development?

 

Are you interested in engaging in and learning about new area of research outside your expertise?

 

Are you a creative thinker and willing to share ideas with others to work as a team?

 

If so, we’re looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

 

The Electronic Materials & Microsystems Group is seeking a creative energy researcher with a strong background in energy conversion materials and devices to help develop solutions to diverse problems. The ideal candidate will have a strong track-record in PV or related energy conversion materials, device development and is passionate about working in a collaborative laboratory environment. We are seeking a researcher who is passionate about developing research activities as an essential team member and leading a team to tackle critical energy challenges of national importance. The candidate should understand the art of solving problems in energy materials and devices by being curious, creative, and exploratory and be interested in learning new areas of research and collaborating with others. The successful candidate will require exceptional communication skills, initiative, and persistence to see their tasks to completion.

 

Envision joining a collaborative team that is passionate about research and committed to excellence in innovation, communication, honest discussion, and diversity. We strive to cultivate a collaborative atmosphere to achieve groundbreaking impact. Our APL team values integrity and innovative ideas that will ensure our Nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.


We enable our team members to generate and lead their own research ideas as well as publish their findings. At APL, we are a hardworking, multidisciplinary team committed to solving diverse problems while embracing risk with the goal of realizing creative solutions. Our group strives to foster a collaborative ecosystem with world-class expertise that achieves innovative impact.

 

As an Energy Researcher…

  • Your primary responsibility will be to perform experiments at the direction of a project manager and assist with solving a wide range of problems via materials and device development and their performance testing, both in the lab and in the field.
  • You will perform detailed data analyses and explain characterization results.
  • You will document and present technical work internally and externally.
  • You will get the chance to work on projects both independently and as part of a team.
  • You will have the opportunity to publish your research and present at conferences.
  • You will have the opportunity to pursue research interests aligning with the broader organization. 

Qualifications

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Hold a Master degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related fields.
  • Possess a strong background and interest in energy materials and devices, and photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices.
  • Have 10+ year experience of working in a laboratory environment developing PV materials and devices and characterizing them. 
  • Have experience of writing technical reports and presenting technical work in conferences and are highly knowledgeable in doing both.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level 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.

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

  • Have 20+ years working in a laboratory environment developing PV materials and devices and characterizing them. 
  • Possess a strong background in Space Power and Energy including PV devices and systems for space applications and laboratory experience in their performance testing.
  • Have experience in managing externally sponsored project(s).
  • Have experience in garnering external funding in the areas of energy conversion.

 

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 http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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