Photopolymer Scientist/Engineer

Job Description
Schafer Corporation is seeking a physical chemist, chemical physicist, or chemical engineer to join its laboratory in Livermore, California. The ideal candidate will have experience and expertise in the photochemistry of polymers; lasers and photonics; optics; and materials development. Additionally, working knowledge of the theoretical basis of molecular-level physical-chemical processes, thermal analysis, and methods of materials characterization are highly desired. Candidates from disciplines other than those listed, such as physics, inorganic or organic chemistry, and with the required skills, knowledge, and abilities will also be considered.

Job Requirements
Responsibilities will include planning, directing, and executing an ongoing research and development project in the areas of micro-to-nano scale fabrication of 3-dimensional polymer structures by 2-photon polymerization (2PP), 3-D micro stereo lithography (3DMSL), and combinations of these techniques. Schafer collaborates with scientists and engineers from industry and academia on this cutting-edge research, and the successful candidate will be expected to maintain and expand these collaborations. This is a hands-on senior scientific position. The successful candidate will be expected to directly contribute to some or all of the following: expanding and controlling the material compositions and structures available by 2PP and 3DMSL; investigating fabrication of low density and metallic structures; increasing 2PP writing speeds through, for example, optical engineering, advanced motion control, and/or photo polymerizable resin and initiator development; and developing 2PP process models that can guide the development efforts.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team responsible for research, development, and fabrication of diverse components with very high dimensional tolerances. These components comprise targets used by experimenters at DOE National Laboratories and other institutions with large high-power laser facilities. They are complex assemblies on the scale of a centimeter but with sub-micron tolerances. The target components are composed of various metals, polymers, polymer films, aerogels, metal coatings and precision manufactured components. The components are precisely assembled and characterized via conventional microscopy, interferometry, and optical coordinate metrology.

The following knowledge skills and attributes are required:
?Ph.D in a relevant technical field with 2 years of postdoctoral or other work experience, or M.S. degree with 5 years of relevant work experience
?Demonstrated ability to perform the work described through relevant publications, presentations at professional meetings, etc.
?Solid knowledge of polymer photochemistry and attendant physical processes
?Working knowledge of optics, lasers, and photonics
?Excellent analytical skills
?Demonstrated ability for self-direction and to plan and direct the work of others
?Ability to successfully collaborate with scientists in academia and industry
?Excellent communication skills including ability to present results at reviews, professional meetings, etc.

The following knowledge skills and attributes are preferred:
?Laboratory scale chemical processing and synthesis
?Heat transport and analysis
?Familiarity with micro and nano fabrication and characterization techniques
?Familiarity with standard precision engineering tools and controls
?Experience with standard materials analysis and characterization methods (e.g. optical spectroscopy; SEM; optical, digital and laser-scanning microscopy, etc.)

Schafer Corporation is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

Schafer does not accept resumes from third party agencies

Only those candidates invited to interview will be contacted


Schafer Corporation is a scientific, engineering and operational support organization providing high-end technical solutions to mission critical challenges. Schaferís contributions are focused in three major thrust areas: government services, civil and military aerospace solutions, and mobility solutions. We choose to work on some of the toughest technical challenges in aerospace and defense, and we strive to be the very best at the things we choose to do.


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