Physical Sciences Inc., located just north of Boston in Andover, is looking for a chemical scientist to conduct research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of innovative energetic materials for propulsion and munitions systems. Emphasis is placed on laboratory scale and pilot scale processing of ingredients and formulations for fuels, oxidizers, propellants, and explosive compositions.
We are seeking an individual with a strong background in wet chemistry and analytical instrumentation to join a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists. This individual will play a key role in growing a diverse portfolio of technologies funded by the DoD and NASA. This job opening exists in the area of formulation of energetics where fuels, oxidizers, binders, and plasticizers are mixed into propellant and/or explosive compositions. These formulations are advanced by improving their methods of production and performance relative to sensitivity, energetic output, and mechanical properties. The formulations are evaluated using a range of thermochemical and thermophysical methods at the formulation level, as well as at the system level using PSI’s test range. Work will be performed at PSI’s headquarters in Andover, MA as well as PSI’s propulsion and energetics testing complex in Epping, NH.
The ideal candidate should be familiar with standard chemical characterization techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), FTIR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and digital scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additional experience using bomb calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and/or Instron testing is desired.
A Master’s in Chemistry, or a Bachelor’s in Chemistry plus post-college work experience in RDT&E in related disciplines.
US Citizenship is required.