SUMMARY: Perform experiments in thin film fabrication, process optimization and thin film development; assist in developing and promoting new research initiatives with existing and prospective commercial and government clients; investigate approaches to address emerging technology needs, including nano-engineered materials, ultra-hard materials, energy storage materials and materials for sensors; plan, promote and execute the development of crosscutting chemical and physical techniques to meet program development goals in nanotechnology, pre-cursor chemistries for vacuum-based processes and ultra-hard materials; prepare research plans, develop proposals to government agencies and commercial companies and participate in technical and promotional seminars.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Requires a MS or a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline with 2 years experience with developing and preparing innovative research proposal and managing research projects. Must have at least a 3.5 GPA. Must have experience with coating and surface treatment processes such as cathodic arc, magnetron sputtering and /or plasma spray particularly in their use in fabricating sophisticated multi-layer architectures. Must have knowledge of thin film characterization techniques and ability to interpret data from these tools; ability to plan and direct work of technical staff; knowledge of and/or experience with any one or more of the following: thin film sensor technologies, smart materials, thin film batteries, biomaterials and biomimetic surfaces, power generation materials, nanocoatings for structural applications, and gas turbine materials. A valid/clear driver’s license is required.
JOB LOCATION: San Antonio, TX
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