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Associate Chemist

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

West Lafayette, IN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Anduril Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to transform U.S. and allied military capabilities with advanced technology. By bringing the expertise, technology, and business model of the 21st century’s most innovative companies to the defense industry, Anduril is changing how military systems are designed, built and sold. Anduril’s family of systems is powered by Lattice OS, an AI-powered operating system that turns thousands of data streams into a realtime, 3D command and control center. As the world enters an era of strategic competition, Anduril is committed to bringing cutting-edge autonomy, AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, and networking technology to the military in months, not years.

Anduril’s Rocket Motor Systems is seeking a Chemical Technician to join our team. Rocket Motor Systems is creating next generation production of rocket motors and high-performance, next generation rocket fuel for platform superiority at Anduril. Anduril’s proprietary fuel composition, ALITEC, is the highest-performing solid rocket fuel in the world and dramatically increases the range and payload capacity of various launch systems, including missiles, hypersonics, space launch platforms, and various other systems utilizing solid propellant.

As a Chemical Technician, you will support the development of Anduril’s proprietary metal-powder fuel formulation to deliver through hands-on chemical and materials research and development. The right person for this role has hands-on skills in chemical and materials research and development. If you are someone who is detail oriented and passionate about turning laboratory development into next-generation, real-world capabilities for then this role is for you.

What You’ll Do

  • Setup and conduct experiments under the supervision of a senior engineer.
  • Conduct laboratory characterization and analysis using ICP and other methods.
  • Document findings and implemented solutions. May be required to make brief technical presentations.
  • Promote a high level of safety awareness and continuous improvement in safety practices.
  • Contribute to project milestone completion and provide solutions to problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in applied science, chemical technology, physical science, chemical, materials science, or metallurgical engineering, chemistry, or related fields.
  • Attention to safety and detail in laboratory practices.
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export controlled data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with various materials types and processing techniques (metals, ceramics, polymers, nanomaterials).
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques and interpretation (ICP, gravimetric analysis, calorimetry, DSC, spectrometry, etc.).
  • Experience with electron microscopy.
  • Experience with air-sensitive materials handling and techniques.
  • Experience with thin films and surface chemistry.
  • Experience in the aerospace and defense industries.
  • Familiarity with safe handling of metal powders.

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offer may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and/or training, critical skills, and/or business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in the majority of full time offers; and are considered part of Anduril's total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits for full-time employees, including:

  • Platinum Healthcare Benefits: For U.S. roles, we offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision) that are 100% covered by Anduril for you and 90% covered for your dependents.
    • For UK roles, Private Medical Insurance (PMI): Anduril will cover the full cost of the insurance premium for an employee and dependents.
    • For AUS roles, Private health plan through Bupa: Coverage is fully subsidized by Anduril.
  • Basic Life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance 100% covered by Anduril, plus the option to purchase additional life insurance for you and your dependents.
  • Extremely generous company holiday calendar including a holiday hiatus in December, and highly competitive PTO plans.
  • 16 weeks of paid Caregiver & Wellness Leave to care for a family member, bond with your baby, or tend to your own medical condition.
  • Family Planning & Parenting Support: Fertility (eg, IVF, preservation), adoption, and gestational carrier coverage with additional benefits and resources to provide support from planning to parenting.
  • Mental Health Resources: We provide free mental health resources 24/7 including therapy, life coaching, and more. Additional work-life services, such as free legal and financial support, available to you as well.
  • A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians.
  • Daily Meals and Provisions: For many of our offices this means breakfast, lunch and fully stocked micro-kitchens.
  • Company-funded commuter benefits available based on your region.
  • Relocation assistance (depending on role eligibility).
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan - both a traditional and Roth 401(k). (US roles only)

The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process.

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Anduril team is made up of incredibly talented and unique individuals, who together are disrupting industry norms by creating new paths towards the future of defense technology. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you are someone passionate about working on problems that have a real-world impact, we'd love to hear from you!

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