Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Research & Development Scientist-Senior (660734) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace is a leading provider of innovative aerospace systems and technology supporting Earth science, space exploration and national security. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve exemplary products and research.

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 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 and Development Scientist

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is recruiting for an established professional to contribute to our growing science and technology-based organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our scientists, engineers and analysts have been conducting analytical and experimental research services for over twenty-five years in support of US Government agencies. We seek an established research & development professional to contribute to our on-going research investigations associated with high-powered laser technology. The successful candidate will participate as strong individual technical contributor or a team lead on technology development or experimental projects; collaborate with computational scientists or analysts; develop and implement technical solutions; and support general business development efforts.

What you'll do:

  • Conceive, develop and direct robust technical and programmatic solutions to solve technically difficult research problems.
  • Contribute significantly 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 engineers, modelers, experimentalists, 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.
  • Design and develop sophisticated or specialized instruments 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.
  • 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.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, lead presentation of research findings and group discussions.
  • Follow Department of Defense procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department and customer base. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What you'll need:

  • BS degree or higher in Science, Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years of relevant experience performing research and development, preferable with the Department of Defense. Experience with laser technology is preferred. MS or PhD degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrated examples of publishing research and development results.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. 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.

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 security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title: Research & Development Scientist-Senior (660734)

Job ID: 660734

Location: NM - Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular