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General Atomics

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San Diego, California

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Sun, 28 Mar 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide. We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply. We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Scientist to work in our Nuclear Technologies & Materials division within GA-Electromagnetic Systems in support of GA’s silicon carbide ceramic composite material development and various Department of Energy funded programs, including the Accident Tolerant Fuel Program. Under general directions with limited review, this position will focus on advancing the state-of-the-art in ceramics and ceramic composite fabrication and characterization, and applying these materials to nuclear, aerospace, and other demanding applications. Duties And Responsibilities – Works with existing EM science staff to develop and improve methods for ceramic composite fabrication, characterization, and manufacturing. – Performs research and development of ceramic composites fabricated using chemical vapor infiltration, hot press/sintering, and other routes, including work to improve uniformity and process repeatability. – Works to scale-up fabrication processes while achieving performance and other requirements. – Develops and executes experimental test plans with clearly defined logic, metrics, and timelines. – Models chemical and physical processes relating to ceramics processing and performance. – Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required, and may assist in responding to proposals for new or the expansion of existing business opportunities. – Designs, develops, modifies, and documents laboratory, experimental or commercial equipment with ceramic fabrication routes. – May represent the organization as the prime technical contact on small contracts or single component projects. – Operates equipment and/or performs tests requiring knowledge of processes pertinent to the project. – Collects, records, reduces, and summarizes data. – May provide direction to a team of moderately experienced professional staff. – Performs other duties as assigned or required. Job Qualifications – Typically requires a Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD in a scientific or related technical field and progressively complex scientific experience as follows; six or more years of experience with a Bachelors degree, four or more years of experience with a Masters degree, and two or more with a PhD. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education. – A degree in Material Science or Nuclear Engineering is highly desirable. – Experience in development and/or production of ceramics and ceramic composites for high temperature applications. Specific experience with silicon carbide, and silicon carbide composites, as well as ceramics for nuclear or aerospace applications is desirable. – Experience with CVD/CVI processes, high temperature furnaces and presses, and/or other high temperature material processing and fabrication methods is desirable. – Familiar with material characterization methods applicable to ceramics, ceramic composites, and coatings. – Must demonstrate; (1) a thorough understanding of scientific concepts, principles, codes, and theory; (2) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, (3) an expanding knowledge of those principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties. – Experience with design of experiments methods is desirable. – Must possess the ability to; (1) develop and communicate new concepts; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems. – Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team. – Able to perform complex tasks in one or more scientific areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects. Able to work extended hours and travel as required. – Original works published in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents are highly desirable. Experience with writing proposals is highly desirable. – Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance is desirable. Job Category Scientists Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary Travel Percentage Required 0% – 25% Relocation Assistance Provided? Yes US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No The General Atomics(GA) group of companies is a world renowned leader in developing high – technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems; remotely operated surveillance aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and biofuels. We offer an excellent opportunity to realize your full potential and fulfill your career aspirations.Join the GA Team where you can make a difference! 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