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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Senior Research Scientist (667673) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Senior Research Scientist (667673)

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NM - Albuquerque

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Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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.


Senior Research Scientist

Ball Aerospace is currently recruiting for an established scientist with advanced laboratory skills to complement our growing science and technology, research-focused organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The successful candidate will work in small teams with other researchers to develop and enhance the understanding of laser-material interactions and new laser technologies. Likely activities will include the technical and programmatic leadership of experimental focused projects; coordination with Government stakeholders, co-researchers, and support staff; act as primary technical representative and spokesperson of research under study and communicate all major aspects of assigned projects through written and oral presentation.

What you'll do:

  • Conceive, develop and direct robust technical solutions to solve technically difficult research problems.

  • Design and develop sophisticated specialized instruments and diagnostics for performing complex measurements.

  • Design and develop customized hardware for development and demonstration of new technology.

  • Develop and implement data reduction and analysis plans to translate data into relevant information. May participate in software development activities.

  • Contribute with technical distinction to assigned research projects.

  • Develop and present detailed test or development plans to meet identified goals and objectives.

  • Provide detailed explanation and proper interpretation of research results through technically accurate briefings and reports to stakeholders, peer groups and decision makers.

  • Meet with internal and external customers and project collaborators to obtain feedback, goals, schedules, budgets and other critical information necessary to formulate or adjust technical solutions for new or on-going projects.

  • May lead multi-disciplinary teams composed of scientists, engineers, and technicians and other project participants to meet project goals.

  • Track project technical performance against cost and schedule and make adjustments necessary to successfully complete project goals.

  • Generate cost estimate for proposed research efforts.

  • Support proposal preparation and other business development opportunities as needed.

  • Develop new capabilities that enhance department offerings to current and potential customers.

  • Conduct literature searches to identify relevant information pertaining to topic under study.

  • Promote development of strong teams by participation in key aspects of the project and mentoring more junior team members. When delegating, establish clear expectations by providing well-defined tasks with clear entrance/exit criteria, due dates and associated budgets.

  • Work without appreciable direction toward project goals and objectives. Assignments are often self-initiated.

  • Lead presentation of research findings and group discussions.

  • Follow Department of Defense 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 Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units 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 Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu 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.

  • Eight or more years of relevant experience performing research and development, preferable with the Department of Defense.

  • Experience with laser technology is preferred.

  • Demonstrated examples of publishing and presenting research and development results.

  • Current Secret or higher clearance.

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

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 candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. 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.