Research Scientist

Employer: Luna Innovations Incorporated
Job Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Category: Engineering/Electrical/Mechanical, Research
Employment Type: Full Time
Last Updated: 6/19/2019
Closing Date: 7/30/2019
Luna Innovations Incorporated
Luna Innovations Incorporated ( is a leader in optical technology, providing unique capabilities in high speed optoelectronics and high performance fiber optic test products for the telecommunications industry and distributed fiber optic sensing for the aerospace and automotive industries. Luna is organized into two business segments, which work closely together to turn ideas into products: a Technology Development segment and a Products and Licensing segment.
Job Description

Job Summary
Luna Innovations is a NASDAQ-listed company employing a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals developing and manufacturing a new generation of technologies and products. We have been successful in taking innovative technologies from the applied research stage to product development and ultimately to the commercial market. This has been done utilizing a disciplined and integrated business model designed to accelerate the process and drive breakthroughs in fields as diverse as defense, energy, healthcare, and telecommunications.
Luna Innovations is seeking a creative Research Scientist  / Principal Investigator to direct and conduct research focused on the discovery and development of existing and new materials technology towards commercial applications.  Current areas of development in the Materials Research Group include protective coatings, textiles, composites, and electromagnetic signature management for military and commercial applications.  It is desired that the candidate will have a background with organic/polymer synthesis, formulation, and materials testing / validation. The ideal candidate will contribute to new idea generation, proposal writing, program management, 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 successfully conduct 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, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field.
• Specific related expertise in one or more active areas of the Materials Research Group: coatings, sealants, textiles, and polymer composites.
• Proven success in proposal writing and obtaining government funding.
• Experience in laboratory research and program management.
• Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.
• Interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills.
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