Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Research Engineer II (661246) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. 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 a common mission.

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.


Research Engineer II

Ball Aerospace is currently 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 synergistic analytical and experimental research services for over twenty-five years. We are currently seeking an experimentally-focused researcher to contribute to the characterization or response of materials and components to rapid localized thermal loads, or other related thermal/mechanical/optical research investigations. Likely activities the successful candidate will perform include experimental design and preparation, design and coordination laboratory and staff resources, experimental execution, post-test analysis, and documentation/presentation of results.

What you'll do:

  • Develop test plans and experimental approaches that provide solutions to a variety of technical problems of difficult scope and complexity.
  • Develop and present budgetary estimates to perform research activities along with supporting justification and advocacy.
  • Follow established procedures for test plan development and approval.
  • Conduct literature searches to identify relevant information pertaining to the development of experimental research projects.
  • Coordinate with other researchers, modelers and program managers to prepare roadmaps, schedules, test objectives, measurement strategies, and error budgets.
  • Contact vendors for obtaining quotations for the potential purchase of laboratory equipment, test articles, measurement services, or other test-related requirements.
  • Develop instrumentation and data-collection methodologies and automated tools for storing, displaying and analyzing data. Instrumentation may include thermal (thermocouples, IR cameras, pyrometry), mechanical (stress-strain) and optical (absorptance, scatter, and reflectance) measurements.
  • Provide technicians with requirements for test preparation, conduct, and post-test disposition of test articles and equipment. Review technician work for accuracy of implementation and provide feedback for correction if necessary.
  • Follow established safety procedures and contributes to custom-written safety plans for protecting personnel, equipment and environment for non-standard test efforts.
  • Conduct engineering analyses, pre-test predictions, and post-test analysis as required to support research efforts.
  • Work under general supervision and contribute to project milestones. Independently determine and develop approaches to solutions.
  • Relate well with other people, contributes to larger research teams.
  • 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 5 or more years of related experience. MS or PhD is preferred.
  • Current DoD Secret clearance is preferred. Near-term eligibility is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory setting focused on research associated with the physical sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience with standard laboratory equipment (e.g., data acquisition equipment, oscilloscopes) and software (e.g., LabView).
  • Familiarity with lasers and optics preferred.
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, published.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, contributes to presentation of research finding, able to actively participate in group discussions.
  • 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, clean room, or outdoor research environment.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball facilities and other non-Ball locations will be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US 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 Engineer II (661246)

Job ID: 661246

Location: NM - Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular