Research Scientist

Purdue University   •  

West Lafayette, IN

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


Less than 5 years

Posted 39 days ago

Job Summary

The Research Scientist is responsible for performing individual and collaborative research for the School of Mechanical Engineering in the fields of multifunctional reactive materials, combustion synthesis, nanoenergetics and propellants. The scientist will also interface closely with companion research efforts at Purdue, other universities and government and industrial labs to advise, train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The ideal candidate should have a background centered in research and development of tailored materials, energetics, combustion synthesis and application of such materials and processes.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute a strategic plan of research, including defining objectives, determining experimental requirements, and identifying long-term goals for the research area
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new test facilities and new experimental methods
  • Advise and co-advise graduate students within and external to the School of Mechanical Engineering to direct students in experimental design and simulation/modeling; provide support in data reduction and interpretation of experimental results, proofing and consultation; and share presentation advice for publications, seminars, and posters.
  • Support recruitment efforts for graduate students
  • Author and co-author proposals to government agencies and industries for research grants
  • Obtain research grants to continue specialized research in tailored reactive materials, nanoenergetics, combustion synthesis, etc.
  • Manage grant money and the budget for lab resources
  • Specify, order and approve facility equipment and endeavors
  • Represent the school and University at professional meetings and selected conferences
  • Be actively involved with scientific societies in the fields of combustion and related fields
  • Act as a reviewer of other's work in the scholarly press


  • PhD with postgraduate work or research related to energetic materials
  • Two (2) years of research experience
  • Experience mentoring and supporting research students
  • Demonstrated experience with authoring/co-authoring research grants
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A valid US or Canadian driver's license
  • Ability to lift and carry 10 to 25 pounds frequently and 40 pounds occasionally