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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Computational Physicist I (668422) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Computational Physicist I (668422)

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NM - Albuquerque

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Ball Aerospace's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base NM, is a key provider of technical services to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy and Space Vehicles directorates. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of scientific and engineering services, including technology development, laboratory and field experiments, technology assessments, modeling & simulation, and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified researchers and engineers to join our science and technology oriented organization.


Computational Physicist I

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is currently recruiting for an emerging professional to contribute to our growing research organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ball Aerospace is a leading provider of analytical and experimental services associated with high-energy laser technology for over twenty-five years. We are currently seeking an emerging computational physicist to join our team. Likely activities will include theoretical research, model formulation, software development, computational simulations, experimental coordination, and documentation/ presentation of results.

What You'll Do:

  • Research and develop computational physics models to represent laser source technology development and laser-material interactions.

  • Conduct computational simulations involving laser source technology development or the response of materials (metals, composites and other) subjected to high-rate localized heating.

  • Perform engineering analysis as necessary to check more detailed simulation results.

  • Compare predictive models with experimental results and specify experimental requirements.

  • Lead research efforts in coordination with larger team or project goals.

  • Develop, document and present specifications, designs and analyses associated with assigned research projects.

  • Support business development opportunities as required.

  • Frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques.

  • Work under general supervision and contribute to project milestones.

  • Relate well with other people, contribute to large research teams.

  • Develop detailed development schedules and manage team activities to meet delivery milestones.

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, strong written, communication, oral presentation skills, and ability to lead group discussions.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow DoD procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You'll Need:

  • BS degree or higher in Science, Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 years of related experience. MS or PhD is preferred.

  • Each higher level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

  • A minimum of two years of experience in computational science and techniques (FEM, FDM, FVM, etc.) relatable to laser technology.

  • Knowledge of optics and optical principles.

  • Strong organizational and coordination skills.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.

  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.

  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.