Naval Air Warfare Center/Weapons Division

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. No Dual Citizens will be considered for this facility.

Naval Air Warface Center/Weapons Systems, China Lake, CA

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD)  is the principal Navy research, development, test, and evaluation center for air warfare systems (except antisubmarine warfare systems) and missile weapon systems. NAWCWPNS employs 5,200 civilian and 200 military personnel, 2,500 of whom are scientists and engineers. NAWCWD scientists and engineers pursue research and development ranging from very basic, academic style research to prototyping and demonstration projects.   NAWCWD scientists and engineers work in areas such as platform integration, survivability, lethality, electronic warfare, energetics, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation.

Particular areas of interest include:

Optical Sciences: Optical properties of solids, optical coatings, ellipsometry, optical scattering, laser effects, surface finishing, optical metrology.

Electro-optical Technology: Sensors and seekers, laser dyes, charge coupled devices, compact laser devices.

Electronics: Microelectronics, compound semiconductors, FPGA's, and SoC

Microwave Technology: Sea scatter, target modeling, inverse scattering, automatic target identification, microwave materials, electronic warfare, missile seekers, one dimensional and synthetic aperture radars, superdirective superconductive antenna components.

Applied Mechanics: Detonation physics, warhead dynamics, damage mechanisms and theory, internal explosions.

Propulsion Technology: Combustion of propellants, deflagration to detonation transition, combustion instability, fuels and propellant ingredient synthesis, acoustic turbulence/combustion interactions, electromagnetic propulsion, ramjet propulsion.

Energetic Materials: Fuels, explosives, polynitrogen compounds, explosives formulation, propellant components.

Chemistry: Instrumental analysis, electrochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, applied spectroscopy, synthesis, and biofuels.

Material Science: Organic & inorganic films for electronic and optical applications, nano-powders, Langmuir-Blodgett films, organic-matrix structural & energetic composites, ceramics, coatings & adhesives, metallurgy, corrosion, IR-transparent materials.

Targeting Technology: RF, IR, laser sensors, multisensor fusion, automatic target recognition.

Human Factors: Multisensor targeting, manmachine interface, decision aiding.

Embedded Computing: Simulation and modeling, domain analysis and software reuse, fuzzy logic, software testing and reliability.

Millimeter Wave Solid State Technology: Device and circuits development for high power solid state transmitters and active aperture phasedarray radars combining quasioptical power.

Numerical Analysis/Digital Signal Processing: Wavelet theory, pattern recognition, autonomous systems, machine learning, deep learning CNN's