Research Scientist


Principal Responsibilities

Cambium works at the interface of biotech and materials science to build next-generation defense products. We integrate computational chemistry, product design, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve difficult challenges like hardening UAVs against laser attack, protecting payloads during hypersonic flight, and streamlining the defense product manufacturing supply chain. Our people come from places like SpaceX, Anduril, Scaled Composites, Lockheed Martin Skunkworks, and US DoD Research Labs. We are seeking motivated and exceptional people to join our world-class team of aerospace innovators and biotech leaders. We are seeking motivated and exceptional people to join our team.

Cambium is seeking a Scientist to join our growing team in Mojave, CA. The successful candidate will have a strategic mindset, a strong desire to help grow a company, be results-oriented and will help us build a work culture of open-mindedness that embraces creativity and contrarian thinking.

Cambium is seeking a collaboration-oriented, results-driven Research Scientist to join the materials innovation and scale-up team, bridging the gap between new materials discoveries and high-performance commercial applications. Key responsibilities of this role will include offering innovative materials solutions, optimizing processes, and establishing pilot capabilities to achieve an advanced level of commercial readiness. These activities will involve extensive collaboration with mechanical engineering, product prototyping, business development, as well as supplier interactions. As Cambium experiences rapid growth, the responsibilities for this role are expected to evolve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the design, synthesis and/or formulation of high-performance monomers, thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers for aerospace and defense applications involving optics, and/or high-temperature structures
  • Develop, plan, and execute test procedures in conjunction with end-users, partners, and stakeholders
  • Optimize process parameters as it pertains to new materials and formula development, characterization, and processing to establish key specification and prepare for commercialization.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely key concepts, development status, performance outcomes, and lessons learned to senior leadership, investors, and collaborators
  • Collaborate across multiple teams including world-class experts in biomaterials, polymer science, composites, optics, aerospace components, and defense products
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to improve proprietary tools and systems
  • Create, contribute to, and/or lead the product demonstration and engineering teams in a manner consistent with Cambium’s mission and values and the growth of Cambium’s business

Key Requirements

  • US citizenship or US permanent residency
  • S./Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science or a related subject
  • Experience in the development of advanced materials and polymers for use in optics, high-temperature, and/or other high-performance applications
  • Deep understanding of structure-property relationships in materials
  • Experience in photophysics and spectral characterization (preferred)
  • Experience managing efforts that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Ability to handle simultaneous projects and rapidly changing priorities
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience working with both government and industry experts in materials science and chemistry
  • Strong IT skills
  • Ability and desire to travel as needed to contractor and partner locations for project management

Preferred Qualifications


Cambium offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits plan. This includes excellent medical/dental/vision benefits, and a matching 401(k) plan.

Let us hear from you

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume and brief pitch to:

Cambium is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. At Cambium, all qualified applicants will be evaluated for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.


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