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Battelle Memorial Institute Hypersonic Technology Research Leader in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Battelle is currently seeking an Hypersonic Technology Research Leader . This position will be the technical lead for the growth of the Battelle Hypersonic Technology pipeline. This position will be supported by current SMEs, a multi-disciplinary team, and highly specialized facilities. This position is located in Columbus, OH .


Battelle’s National Security Business is currently seeking candidates for a full time Hypersonic Principle Investigator for projects within our Hypersonic Technology research area. The ideal candidate will be a technical community recognized authority in her/his field and maintain his/her reputation through thought leadership and research opportunities. You will be responsible for refining our strategies and guiding our technology investments to align with business goals, customer requirements, and position Battelle as a premier Hypersonic solution provider. This position requires the ability to synthesize customer, internal, and community technologies into cohesive offerings. You will lead and drive our Internal Research and Development (IRAD) efforts. You will work with our experts to identify materials-based solutions for Hypersonics systems and associated technology development programs for the DoD, IC and FEDCIV customers. Experience developing solutions for complex and challenging DoD problems is required, as well as, experience driving internal solutions to customer adoption. The successful candidate will support pipeline growth, requiring coordination of multi-disciplinary project teams, multiple business lines, and supporting subcontractors. This position based out of Columbus, Ohio; however, geographic location is flexible.


  • Aggressively identify, assess, and develop new business opportunities, and position new business resources to achieve growth objectives for pursuits that individually range from $10sM - >$100sM+ Support Business Line Leaders to create, analyze and articulate innovative solutions for customers and maximize company investments to support Business Unit strategies.

  • Develop and manage customer relationships at all levels; develop and execute customer engagement plans, evaluate customer relationships and adjust strategy as required.

  • Identify new emerging technology areas with sustainable market impact and set the strategic direction for new technology and development investments.

  • Leverages client relationships to stay informed of client business plans and priorities and identify high growth/value opportunities for Battelle with the client.

  • Collaborates with the Business Development staff to establish overall proposal strategies and themes which differentiates Battelle.

  • Assist with providing technical direction and coordination for teams of multidisciplinary scientists and technical staff. Acts as a mentor to assist management in leading, developing, and evaluating technical personnel

  • Advise senior leadership on technology landscape, investments, facilities, and strategic planning

  • Prepares and delivers presentations to internal management and to external customers

  • Stays abreast of industry needs and issues. Maintains a working knowledge of and helps Battelle ensure compliance with applicable government and industry regulations.


  • Degree(s) in engineering, or other closely-related physical sciences, ideally PhD with at least 10 years experience or MS with at least 15 years experience in planning and leading Hypersonic research programs.

  • Direct experience with developing and deploying technology within the Hypersonic technical areas

  • Experience working with DoD and IC clients, including leading/writing proposals

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to translate mission needs into system solutions and provide advanced guidance for complex missions crossing multiple agencies.

  • Experience working with multi-disciplined matrixed teams

  • U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position desires an active U.S. SECRET Security Clearance as of day one of employment and the ability to access US only data systems.


  • Active Top Secret Clearance.

  • Knowledge of Hypersonic materials development and processing.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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