Principal Physical Scientist

California, US
$121,451.20 - $185,224.00 oer yr.
Feb 26, 2024
Posting live until
Mar 27, 2024
Santa Barbara, CA – ID: 2023-7083

Key Responsibilities

  • Work as a Principal Investigator proposing, developing, testing and delivering novel systems in support of national security objectives.
  • Perform wide range of simulation, design and experimental tasks.
  • Lead small project teams (including tasking and budgets) and report deliverables directly to sponsors and collaborators.
  • Work with other senior staff to conduct experiments for a diverse array of real-world applications.
  • Travel to participate in field experiments and project meetings.
  • Focus on the most complex projects with the broadest technical scope, requiring interdisciplinary and interagency coordination.
  • Set priorities and standards for research, data compilation and data analysis.
  • Carry out special or unique studies requiring unconventional or novel approaches and techniques.
  • Serve as an expert resource, consultant, and advisor both internally and to other organizations.
  • Develop new initiatives and technical capabilities for the company.
  • Advise management on technology utilization and development. Provide guidance to senior management regarding strategic development opportunities for new technologies and capabilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a calculus-based (STEM) field, plus at least 9 years’ relevant experience. Skill building experience must demonstrate either deeper technical specialization or additional cross-disciplinary knowledge. Graduate research experience
    may be recognized.
  • Strong experimental and theoretical background in scientific research directed towards real world applications is required.
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects is required.
  • Experience writing successful technical proposals and responding to broad area announcements is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge, experience, and judgment to evaluate and interpret data is required.
  • Experience in applied chemical or physical sciences that may lead to practical field applications of technology such as developing and synthesizing novel materials for proliferation detection applications is desired.
  • Demonstrated experience with material characterization techniques and spectroscopy tools such as NMR, XRD, and SEM is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities, apply leadership concepts and techniques is required.
  • Experience effectively managing projects and ensuring milestones and schedules are met and work is performed within scope, cost, and schedule is required.
  • Interpersonal communication skills to promote an open and informal communication environment, foster collaborations and develop mutual trust and teamwork are required.
  • Demonstrated skills to establish and maintain strong and effective customer relationships are highly desired.
  • The primary work location will be at the Special Technologies Laboratory (STL) located in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Flexible work schedule can be negotiated with the manager; employees can work a 5/8s, 9/80, or 4/10s work-week.
  • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.