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Job Title Atmospheric Plasma Modification Research
Company Summary All opportunities posted are ongoing.

The Research Participation Program for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (USARL) provides opportunities to participate in USARL’s on-going and applied research and development projects through its programs in: Computational & Information Science, Human Research and Engineering, Survivability & Lethality Analysis, Sensors & Electron Devices, Weapons & Materials Research, and Vehicle Technology. The mission of USARL is to provide the Army the key technologies and the analytical support necessary to assure supremacy in future land warfare. Project areas disciplines include Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Material Science.


Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising at the sponsor's facilities. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. Program participants will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in addressing complex, real-world (i.e., operational) needs. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems. Other benefits may include the following:
• Stipend Payments

• Health Insurance

• Inbound Relocation/Dislocation

• Training & Travel


Applicants should have recently completed a degree within five years of the desired starting date in or related discipline, or will be able to complete of all requirements for the degree within six months of the starting date. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.


Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selections are made as openings occur throughout the year. A complete application includes: profile, two references, and transcripts for all degrees earned and/or currently attending.


The participants will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, applied research interests and compatibility of background with applied research programs and projects at the host Installation. The initial appointment is typically for one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years based upon recommendation of the host installation and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend which is determined based upon level of education, training, and experience. Inbound travel and moving expenses are reimbursed according to established policies. Travel and other costs will also be reimbursed for training related to the project and approved by ORAU and the host installation. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the ORAU for Postgraduate Internship participants.
Location Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Country United States
Position Id ARL-1103098401
Job Description

A postdoc with expertise in atmospheric plasma modification of materials is desired.  The primary focus of the researcher would be to operate and build/modify atmospheric plasma equipment.  The researcher would modify the surfaces of the materials using atmospheric plasma and understand the modifications done using XPS, microscopy, FTIR, and other techniques.  The researcher would then test or transition the materials to others to assess surface properties improvements, including improved adhesion, hardness, wear resistance etc.  The successful candidate will develop novel polymer and inorganic coatings via plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Experience in materials characterization, gas phase diagnostics and thin film deposition are highly desired.  Compute simulation/modeling experience is a plus, especially regarding modeling plasmas/plasma chemistry.  The candidate must have good written and verbal skills in order to disseminate findings within ARL or publicly.  The candidate must be willing and able to work in a team environment.


U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED

Number of Openings 1
Degree Specialization Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or similar
Degree Required Master Degree Graduate, PhD - Graduate, PhD Student