Research Assistant

Luna Innovations

The Performance Systems and Analytics group of Luna Labs is seeking a Corrosion and Coatings Testing Researcher to help us solve material reliability problems for our customers in the defense, aerospace, and automotive industries.  As a researcher, the successful candidate will apply their classroom training and technical knowledge as part of a multidisciplinary research and development team focused on advancing sensor technology and predictive modeling for real-time monitoring of coating degradation, corrosion, and environment assisted cracking.

Luna Innovations Incorporated is a NASDAQ-listed company employing a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals developing and manufacturing a new generation of technologies and products. We are successful in taking innovative technologies from the applied research stage to product development and ultimately to the commercial market. By leveraging contract research for high risk feasibility work, we can maintain a diverse portfolio of technology and utilize internal resources to accelerate development and drive breakthroughs in fields as diverse as healthcare, telecommunications, energy, and defense.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support experimental efforts in the field of materials science and corrosion and perform environment assisted cracking, coating evaluations, and electrochemical tests.
  • Perform analysis of experimental data using engineering software packages (e.g., OriginPro, MATLAB, Python) to improve our understanding of corrosion and materials degradation processes.
  • Expand job specific knowledge through training, on-the-job learning, and scientific study.
  • Promote a clean and safe lab environment.

Experience and Qualifications


  • Associate degree in science, engineering, or a related field.
  • Coursework or familiarity with materials science or chemistry.
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions from results.

Beneficial Skills and Experience:

  • BS in STEM field.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following research areas:   corrosion processes and testing, coatings evaluation, electrochemistry, microscopy, aerospace and automotive alloys, environment assisted cracking.
  • Previous laboratory experience.
  • Understanding of basic electrical circuits.
  • Photography.
  • Ability to prototype and/or improvise solutions (making, DIY, tinkering, etc.).


  • Devices & Instrumentation
  • Clinical Research

Job Type



Charlottesville, VA
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