Research Scientist

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/02/17
Blacksburg, VA
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/02/17

Job Summary

Luna Innovations is seeking a creative Research Scientist / Project Manager to direct and conduct research focused on the discovery and development of new materials technology towards commercial applications.  Current areas of development in the Advanced Materials Group include controlled surface energy coatings, functional textiles, polymer composites, and novel organic, inorganic, and polymer synthesis. It is desired that the candidate will have a background in one or more of these areas, with specific expertise in organic/polymer synthesis and characterization, and develop skills by contributing to program management, new idea generation, and experimental design / execution.


Duties and Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage technical projects including experimental design, problem solving, data interpretation, report writing, and proposal preparation.

  • Identify new materials-based technologies to meet significant customer needs and secure funding opportunities to support technology development.

  • Collaborate with the internal and external scientific community to maintain a state-of-the-art knowledge to successful conduct of experiments and projects.

  • Assist the transition of new technologies into product concepts, prototype design, and commercialization.

  • Communicate well with customers and colleagues through reports, presentations, emails, and phone calls.

  • Participate in the supervisory process including training and evaluating associate staff.



  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Materials Science; or Master’s degree with >5 years in project management.

  • Experience in laboratory research, proposal writing, and program management.

  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.

  • Interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills.


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