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Principal Polymer Scientist


Luna Labs invents cutting-edge technologies aimed at ensuring the security of the United States, promoting renewable energy, and advancing healthcare solutions for disease detection, prevention, and treatment. Collaborating with renowned universities, government laboratories, and leading global companies, Luna Labs explores the technological feasibility of novel concepts, aligns technologies with customer needs, and devises innovative solutions. Leveraging a robust global network comprising manufacturers, suppliers, licensees, and distributors, Luna Labs spans the development spectrum from small-scale prototypes to fully market-ready products.


The Luna Labs’ Materials Group is seeking a creative and versatile Principal Polymer Scientist to lead and conduct research that focuses on creating practical and novel solutions from our Blacksburg location. To be successful in this role, individuals should have applied knowledge and experience in polymer and nanocomposite materials for coating, adhesives, sealants, and reinforced composites, as well as strong proposal writing capabilities. Individuals in this role should also be comfortable with generating new ideas, identifying potential areas of opportunity, and project plan design and management. Additionally, customer and key partner relationship building and management, intellectual property and product commercialization strategy development, and transition to market planning (funding, commercial, licensing, transition to customer, etc.) are key responsibilities of this role, therefore initiative and a self-starter mindset are considered attributes of success in this role.


  • Ph.D. or Masters Degree in Chemistry, Polymer, or Materials Science
  • 5+ years in laboratory research, proposal writing, and program management 
  • Related expertise in paints/coating, polymers, and/or multifunctional composites
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong presentation and communication development capabilities
  • Due to government contracting regulations, U.S. Citizenship is a firm requirement.



At Luna Labs, the health and overall well-being of our team members are of great importance, therefore we strive to ensure employees have access to benefit resources that support their quality of life. Below are just a few benefits that we are proud to currently provide to our team of talented professionals:  

  • Company paid short and long-term disability
  • Company provided group term life insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with company match
  • Affordable medical, dental, and/or vision plan options
  • Employer HSA (health savings account) contribution
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), Vacation accrual, and flexible holiday pay

If you are a bright, inquisitive, and self-motivated polymer science enthusiast who is driven to create, influence, and lead advancements in trailblazing technology solutions (or know someone who is), please apply to this opportunity for consideration. Position-compatible applicants will be contacted by a Luna Labs recruiter.