Research Technician - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United States


Research Technician

U.S. Citizens Only

Overview: The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking a person to fill a Crystal Growth Technician opening in the Solvothermal Laboratories located at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. The specific project involves crystal growth and characterization of actinide oxides, including ThO2, UO2, and UxTh1-xO2.

Key Responsibilities:

Conduct research in bulk crystal growth of actinide oxides via the Solvothermal (a.k.a hydrothermal) growth techniques. This will include operation of autoclaves, characterization of crystals, cutting and polishing of crystals, and analysis of the results. Must be knowledgeable in chemical handling and hazmat protocols, and capable of operating high pressure equipment. Experience in crystal growth and other materials synthesis is highly desirable. The focus of the research will be on understanding the crystal growth mechanisms and exploiting semiconductor properties for neutron detection applications. Promoting the research through journal publications, conference presentations, and involvement in the scientific community is required.

Desired Skill and Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship (requirement)
  • Capable of obtaining a Secret security clearance (requirement)
  • B.S in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in crystal growth
  • Experience with DFT in semiconductor materials
  • Modeling and simulation of crystal packing
  • Experience with chemical handling and proper disposal processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and solve complex problems

In compliance with the U.S. federal government’s vaccine mandate, only candidates who will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8, 2021 or who have a reasonable accommodation or approved medical exception will be considered for this position.

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