Principal/Sr. Principal Experimental Materials PhysicistLinthicum, MD

Requisition ID: R10163714

  • Category: Research and Sciences

  • Location: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America | Annapolis Junction, Maryland, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Polygraph

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: Days (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 2

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We are seeking an experimental material scientist with a background in superconducting thin film materials and interfaces. The ideal candidate should have experience that includes some of the following:

  • Working knowledge in experimental design, materials research and development, and condensed matter physics

  • Prior experience with electrical transport, magnetometry, x-ray scattering, or electron microscopy

  • Cryogenic experimentation

  • Experience analyzing data from techniques mentioned above

  • Python and/or MATLAB experience/knowledge

Successful candidates are:

  • Excited about materials and interfaces in systems such as superconductivity, topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, interfacial phenomena.

  • Willing to contribute to materials R&D discussions and cross-coordinate with other teams to identify, build, complete and measure the resulting experiments.

  • Motivated to learn new technologies and technical skills

  • Able to identify problems, analyze data, and course correct experimental plans

  • Enthusiastic about working in a collaborative group setting

This position requires work on site located at our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) in Linthicum, Maryland OR our Annapolis Junction, Maryland location.

Your responsibilities:

  • Be a collaborative member of a team solving interesting questions

  • Plan and carry out experiments to investigate superconducting materials for use in quantum information

  • Analyze and share findings with colleagues having a diverse scientific expertise

  • Keep up to date with relevant superconducting materials in the literature

This position can be filled at the Principal level OR Sr. Principal level. Qualifications for both are listed below:

Basic Qualifications for Principal Experimental Materials Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, materials science, electrical engineering, or a related field (or will complete by December 2024); Master's Degree and 3 years of relevant professional experience; Bachelor's Degree with 5 plus years of relevant professional experience

  • Experience with thin film characterization, including techniques such as x-ray diffraction, reflectometry, or spectroscopy; electron microscopy (SEM/TEM/FIB/EDS)

  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS/SCI) with polygraph clearance per business requirements.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Experimental Materials Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, materials science, electrical engineering, or a related field and 4 plus years' professional experience; Master's Degree and 7 years of relevant professional experience; Bachelor's Degree and 9 plus years' relevant professional experience.

  • Proficiency with thin film characterization, including techniques such as x-ray diffraction, reflectometry, or spectroscopy; electron microscopy (SEM/TEM/FIB/EDS)

  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS/SCI) with polygraph clearance per business requirements.

Preferred Qualifications for both Principal AND Sr. Principal Experimental Materials Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, materials science, electrical engineering, or a related field and 4 plus years' experience

  • Proficiency with thin film characterization, such as x-ray diffraction, reflectometry, or spectroscopy; electron microscopy (SEM/TEM/FIB/EDS)

  • Expertise in superconducting materials, thin film surfaces and interfaces

  • Familiarity with condensed matter physics

  • Experience writing and contributing to version-controlled code in Python or MATLAB

  • Active TS/SCI with polygraph clearance.

Salary Range: $123,900 - $185,900

Salary Range 2: $153,600 - $230,400

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit. U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.