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Sr Scientist Materials Process Engineering (Energetics & Propellant Engineer)

Orange, Virginia

Job ID 8787
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L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title:Sr Scientist Materials Process Engineering (Energetics & Propellant Engineer)

Job Location: Culpeper, VA

Job Code: 8787

Job Schedule: 9/80, Monday-Thursday 9 hours day, Friday 8 hours and every other Friday off. 

Our site near Culpeper, VA, in beautiful, rural Orange County (1.5 hours from Washington, DC) is growing!  This site is our center of excellence for Solid Rocket Motor Propulsion and Energetics development as well as high-complexity production programs.

We are seeking a Sr Scientist Materials Process Engineer (Energetics & Propellant Engineer) to join the team at our Culpeper, VA site.

Reporting directly to the Director, Energetics & Propellant Engineering, this position will support Energetics and Propellant Development.


Under minimal direction, the Energetics and Propellant Development Engineer performs assignments requiring a wide application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the propulsion field with a working knowledge of other related disciplines, such as thermal, structural, and ballistics analysis.

As a recognized authority in the industry, the Sr Scientist Mechanical Engineering (Energetics & Propellant Engineer) develops solutions to unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major company programs. This position requires an advanced knowledge of high-technology principles, theories and concepts, plus an extended knowledge of principles and practices of related specialties.  This position requires expertise in the specialty area consistent with the company’s Strategic plans. Typically, incumbents will have contributed inventions, new designs or techniques which are of significance to the solution of complex technical problems.

  • 30% - Evaluate and implement tractable solutions to technical problems involving the utilization of chemistry and chemical analysis techniques.
  • 30% - Responsible for specifying chemical testing and evaluating data, providing chemical guidance and planning (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and conducting technical projects covering a broad range of technical topics under the guidance of a Technical Project Lead (Technical Fellow or equivalent).
  • 25% - Develop, plan, and promote projects independently for the implementation of novel technical approaches and cutting edge technologies.
  • 15% - Consolidate results, prepare findings for reports,


Requires a Bachelor's degree (Master's or PhD preferred) in Chemistry, Material Science or related science and at least fifteen (15) years of related technical experience in the chemistry environment (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

  • Knowledge of chemical principles, thermodynamics, polymer chemistry, structure/property relationships, kinetics, and data analysis is essential.
  • Experience with energetic materials, statistical analysis, programming, and experimental set-up and data acquisition is a plus. 
  • Explosives theory, compositions, and modeling is a plus.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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