Materials Testing and Experimentation Section Manager

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, is seeking a passionate, detail-oriented problem-solver to serve as the Materials Testing and Experimentation Section Manager to support a variety of programs within Dynetics’ Advanced Materials Product Group. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions.

As an integral member of the Advanced Materials Group, the successful candidate will serve as the Materials Testing and Experimentation Section Manager with responsibility for leading and growing the materials research and experimentation capabilities within the Advanced Materials Group. This position will balance multiple activities including but not limited to:

  • Providing technical leadership in the areas of research and experimentation
  • Participating in identification and hiring of new staff
  • Providing support and mentorship to junior staff in both technical and professional areas
  • Perform program management of tasks and/or projects
  • Engage in business development activities including the writing of proposals and exercising the Dynetics program execution system

Basic Qualifications

A qualified candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or one of the Physical Sciences with 8+ years of applicable experience
  • Experience executing applied research tasks, including but not limited to novel synthesis process development, instrumentation development/qualification, and new technology development
  • Experience in writing proposals to secure funding for research projects
  • Experience training new staff to successfully execute experimentation and testing activities
  • Direct experience leading multi-disciplinary teams to execute technical objectives
  • Willingness to work on multiple types of programs ranging from basic/applied research to more mature manufacturing or technical services activities including those with defense and weapon system applications

Other Qualifications

Preference will be shown to candidates that have experience and/or capability in the following areas:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or one of the Physical Sciences with 6+ years of applicable experience, or PhD with 5+ years of applicable experience
  • Experience performing materials research activities
  • Multidisciplinary technical background with demonstrated experience in areas unrelated to educational background
  • Experience leading research and development activities related to materials applications, especially in the areas of high temperature materials or materials synthesis technologies
  • Highly organized with the ability to translate high-level research goals into detailed program plans, schedules and staff direction
  • Ability to stay focused and succeed in high-stress, dynamic, and fast paced environments
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience with customer engagement and leading proposal efforts to win new business
  • Program management experience (budgets, schedules, staff planning, etc.) with research and development programs
  • Ability and desire to mentor younger staff and grow the organization
  • Ability to rapidly and effectively shift between multiple technical and/or programmatic activities

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Top Secret/SSBI Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Final Top Secret Clearance.

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COVID Response

In order to enter Dynetics facilities in the U.S. and to attend Dynetics events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file for COVID-19. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC.

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