Principal/Sr. Principal Experimental SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy) PhysicistLinthicum, MD

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Are you passionate about solving important problems that impact the world we live in?

Are you seeking for purposeful work that will shape the future?

Are you looking to join a technically rich and diverse environment that respects you for who you are?

If so, we may have a place for you!

We are seeking an experimental scientist with a scanning probe microscopy (SPM) experimental background that has an interest in Scanning SQUID Microscopy (SSM), and/or cryogenic Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). The ideal candidate should have experience that includes some of the following:

  • Prior experience with SPM, SSM, cryogenic STM, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) systems including building systems and/or day-to-day system operations and maintenance.

  • Background knowledge in experimental design, mechanical and electrical isolation, and/or materials R&D

  • Python and/or MATLAB experience/knowledge or willingness to learn

  • Analysis of resulting microscopy data

  • Experience with standard microscopy instrumentation including lock-in amplifiers, piezoelectric scanners, and AC/DC sources

What you need to be successful in the role:

  • Excited about quantum materials such as superconductors, topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, and 2D surface states.

  • 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

  • Able to collaborate in a small group setting

Your responsibilities:

  • Be a collaborative member of a team solving interesting questions

  • Assist in the day-to-day operations of equipment and equipment improvements.

  • Be responsible for identifying improvements to procedures and hardware/electronics

This position will be based out of our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) facility in Linthicum, Maryland or our Annapolis Junction, MD location. This position requires full-time work onsite .

This position can be filled as either a Principal SPM Experimental Physicist or a Sr. Principal Experimental SPM Physicist

Basic Qualifications for Principal Experimental SPM Physicist:

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

  • Experience with building and/or day-to-day maintenance of cryogenic scanning microscopy systems

  • Experience with lock-in amplifiers, piezoelectric scanners, and/or current sources

  • The ability to demonstrate strong communication skills and to work on a diverse multi-disciplinary team

  • A strong ability to learn new topics quickly and independently solve problems in a fast-paced environment.

  • Clearance : Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI with polygraph clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Experimental SPM Physicist:

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

  • Proficiency with building and/or day-to-day maintenance of cryogenic scanning microscopy systems

  • Proficiency with lock-in amplifiers, piezoelectric scanners, and/or current sources

  • The ability to demonstrate strong communication skills and to work on a diverse multi-disciplinary team

  • A strong ability to learn new topics quickly and independently solve problems in a fast-paced environment.

  • Clearance : Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance with polygraph (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Preferred qualifications for Principal OR Sr. Principal Experimental SPM Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering, or a related field

  • Experience with analyzing cryogenic or room temperature scanning microscopy data

  • Quantum materials and /or surface science background

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

  • Active TS/SCI with poly security 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.

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