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Associate Engineer - Composites Manufacturing

Company Overview

Luna Labs USA is a leading defense contractor in Central Virginia, and a high throughput innovation engine for the aerospace, defense, and healthcare industries. Our diverse capabilities in materials, biotech, and engineered systems allow us to collaborate to address unique and complex problems faced by our customers. We partner with universities, government labs, and the best companies in the world to explore technological feasibility of new ideas, align technologies with customer needs, and generate solutions. Working with a robust global network of manufacturers, suppliers, licensees, and distributors, Luna Labs develops everything from small-scale prototypes to market-ready products.

Job Summary

This Composites Engineering position supports research and development in the area of polymer synthesis and composite production.  The position will involve hands-on composite fabrication and physical testing using new or established methodologies.  Practical experience with the fabrication of thermoset-matrix composite materials is desired.  The candidate will contribute to ongoing and future projects by assisting in new materials development and experimental design / execution.



  • Perform directed experiments within a laboratory setting including material fabrication and physical testing
  • Acquire necessary equipment and supplies for ongoing research
  • Maintain and operates laboratory equipment
  • Record, store, summarize, and interpret raw data under direct supervision
  • Develop new methodology as necessary to accomplish goals
  • Demonstrate and promote safety
  • Utilize current technology to accomplish tasks on projects and to solve routine technical problems



  • Hands on experience with polymer reinforced composite fabrication
  • Functions well in a fast-paced and team oriented R&D environment
  • Strong commitment to quality and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelors/Associate’s degree in Engineering or Materials Science or >5 years’ experience with polymer composite fabrication and testing
  • Due to government contracting regulations, U.S. Citizenship is a firm requirement.



  • Self Starter; Bias for Action
  • Problem Solver
  • Humble; Accountable; Strong Sense of Team