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Company: Riverside Research
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Technology, Software, IT, Electronics


Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. With revenues of $125M+, and a staff of more than 630, Riverside Research provides high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country's most challenging technical problems. Riverside Research also supports advanced technical education and collaborates widely with university researchers.

The company was formed from a respected research laboratory at Columbia University and has a current focus on technical areas including Radar systems, Optics and Photonics, Electromagnetics, Plasma physics, Geoint, Masint, Systems Engineering, and Modeling & Simulation.

Riverside Research's open innovation R&D model encourages both internal and external collaboration to accelerate innovation, advance science, and expand market opportunities. In 2015, Riverside Research expanded its facility in Dayton, OH, adding a 30,000 square-foot Open Innovation Center (OIC). The OIC is a collaborative R&D environment that fosters creativity, synergy, and ultimately delivers innovative solutions to current and anticipated challenges. The OIC sets the standard for collaborative innovation and is dedicated to promoting research across the company. Riverside Research has additional research facilities in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Centreville, VA; and Champaign, IL.



Job Number: 884

Riverside Research is seeking a Materials Scientist to work alongside leading researchers within the Composites Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the Materials Science Intern will investigate failure mechanisms at the nano to higher scales and understand the links between these mechanisms and processing-structure-property relationships. Key areas of research interest include developing hierarchical structures with nanoscale precision using 2D materials, elucidating the fundamental principles of the underlying mechanics based on chemistry and shape/size/distribution of the 2D fillers, and investigating related mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. 
Research activities may include synthesis, processing, bulk, and surface spectroscopy, mechanical (tension, compression, shear, creep) testing, thermomechanical analysis, high-resolution x-ray and electron tomography, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy, in-situ testing, and multi-scale modeling.  
The position is very well suited for a recent or upcoming proactive graduate student with laboratory experience with a desire to work in a multidisciplinary environment. 

All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the synthesis and production of 2D nanomaterials
  • Implement a variety of characterization techniques to assess the quality of synthesized materials
  • Support the development and formulation of polymeric resins and coatings with a range of organic and inorganic fillers
  • Assist in the characterization of electrical and mechanical performance of formulated resins
  • Screen formulations based on key performance parameters (KPPs) to determine viability for inclusion in further studies
  • Interface with senior chemists to understand and adapt to the needs of the Government customer as dictated by evolving project directions
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with the Government customer and other mission partners

Required Qualifications:

  • US citizenship with the ability to obtain a security clearance 
  • BS  (or equivalent) in Materials Science or Chemistry
  • Experience in 2D materials processing, characterization, testing, and integration into advanced composite systems
  • Experience with differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, laser profilometry, rheometry, and other material characterization methods

Desired Qualifications: 

•    Experience with composite fabrication 
•    Experience with large scale nanomaterial synthesis 


Riverside Research does not mandate COVID vaccination as a condition of employment. However, proof of vaccination or negative test may be required to enter certain government facilities and sites. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site-specific requirements. To protect the health and safety of its employees, their families, and to comply with customer requirements, the company requires all employees to disclose vaccination status (upon hire). 


Riverside Research strives to be one of America's premier providers of independent, trusted technical and scientific expertise. We continue to add experienced and technically astute staff who are highly motivated to help our DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) customers deliver world class programs. As a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, we believe service to customers and support of our staff is our mission. Our goal is to serve as a destination company by providing an industry-leading, positive, and rewarding employee experience for all who join us. We aspire to be a valued partner to our customers and to earn their trust through our unwavering commitment to achieve timely, innovative, cost-effective and mission-focused solutions.

All positions at Riverside Research are subject to background investigations. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity check.

Our EEO Policy
Riverside Research is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability/veteran, status as a protected veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local law.

If you need assistance at any time in our application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at 937-427-7074 or email HR@RiversideResearch.org. A member of the HR team will be available to assist.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans and requires affirmative action by covered contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

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