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Critical Materials Engineer - CRITI007300-00001

The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is URGENTLY seeking an energetic Critical Materials Engineer to research and analyze strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities within the global defense industrial base, recommend relevant prototyping efforts, craft relevant acquisition documents, evaluate proposed efforts, monitor program execution, conduct outreach efforts, and conduct site visits.  The employee will support the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy (IBP) in Alexandrea, VA and/or remotely.  This position is contingent upon the candidate’s willingness to apply for, obtain, and maintain a DoD SECRET security clearance.

This position will support the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program in the following areas:
• Critical and strategic materials/minerals
• Batteries and power storage
• Digital transformation / Industry 4.0
• Emerging technologies

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in relevant discipline
• 2-4 years of experience
• DoD SECRET security clearance (current interim secret clearance sufficient)
• Demonstrated DoD/military experience
• Strong oral and written communications capabilities

Desired Qualifications:
• Master’s degree
• 5+ years of relevant experience
• Knowledge of systems engineering concepts and methods
• DoD TOP SECRET clearance or higher

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership generates greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Please apply at for the Critical Materials Engineer position.

• 2 - 4 years: Relevant work experience

• Bachelors or better

Licenses & Certifications
• Secret Clearance

• Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
• Loyal: Shows firm and constant support to a cause
• Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
• Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
• Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
• Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
• Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

• Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
• Peer Recognition: Inspired to perform well by the praise of coworkers
• Job Security: Inspired to perform well by the knowledge that your job is safe
• Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
• Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks
• Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)