Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock, MD

Laboratory Coordinator:
Dr. Jack Price
9500 MacArthur Boulevard
West Bethesda, MD 20817-5700

US Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR). If PR, there are additional restrictions on allowed activities.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock is the Navy’s center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation’s presence on and under the seas through the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarines, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles with insight into new concepts and diverse technologies for the Navy Fleet of the 21st Century. The Division’s expertise spans from naval architecture and marine engineering, to electrical and mechanical engineering, to computer engineering and physics. 

Carderock specializes in ship design and integration; environmental quality systems; hull forms and propulsors; structures and materials; signatures, silencing systems, and susceptibility; and vulnerability and survivability systems. Navy and maritime communities have come to depend on Carderock’s expertise and innovative spirit in developing advanced platforms and systems, enhancing naval performance, integrating new technologies, and reducing operating costs.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents are encouraged to apply. Permanent Residents have additional restrictions on allowed activities. 


NSWC Carderock Technologies:

Acoustic Silencing and Electromagnetic Signatures Characterization: 

Acoustic silencing of submarines and surface ships; reduction of self-noise and target strength; sound and vibration; acoustical characteristics of structural materials; hydrodynamic noise generation & suppression; acoustical data analysis; surface treatments for noise control; acoustic fields of undersea and surface vehicles. Static & dynamic Electromagnetics and sensing systems; Wave and scattering theory, optics, radar and infrared instrumentation signal and image processing systems and techniques.

Vulnerability & Survivability: 

Surface and undersea platform/vehicle vulnerability, survivability, protection, weapons effects, damage control, and combat readiness of naval vehicles & their weapons.  Modeling & simulation with validation & verification, shock & structural dynamic sensor development, integration, and data analysis.  

Structures and Materials: 

Structural loads and dynamics for undersea and surface vehicles with emphasis on advanced structural concepts; materials development, characterization and fabrication techniques; numerical analysis; probabilistic based design & analysis methods; structural analysis; seaway loads measurements and prediction; metals, alloys and composites; naval alloys (aluminum, high strength steels, etc.); Structural Health Monitoring (SHM); Advanced manufacturing processes and characterization; marine tribology, surface wear; fracture and fatigue; physical metallurgy; joining and welding research; Functional materials (sensors, magnetostrictive and piezo materials); Advanced composite materials; marine corrosion (modeling & simulation, coatings and ship protection); high-temperature ceramics; materials for advanced power sources; and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technology

Environmental Quality and Power/Energy Systems:

Shipboard environmental quality and biotechnology; solid and liquid waste treatment; gray water and oily waste systems; sewage management systems; gaseous exhausts; fire safety and life support technology; fouling control; electrochemical power sources; power system modeling, development & testing; Radiation materials and dosimetry; Radiation detection and measurement.

Ship and Submarine Design and Logistics: 

Ship & submarine design analysis, early-stage concept development, ship-design management, cost estimation, and military effectiveness.  Integrated logistics support (ILS), and acquisition methodologies, artificial intelligence and robotics. 

Ship & Submarine Hydromechanics and Maneuvering: 

Hydrodynamic resistance of ships, submarines, and unmanned systems; hydrodynamic flow characteristics around hulls and appendages; propeller design; ship, submarine, and unmanned systems stability and seakeeping; hydrodynamic load prediction; Stability, control, and maneuvering characteristics; platform motion modeling and simulation; control surface dynamics; evaluation of hydrodynamic forces and moments for hulls, appendages, and propulsors; hydrodynamic flow measurements, and new control concepts. 


NSWC Carderock Facilities

Carderock Division’s laboratories, modeling and simulation facilities, at-sea-assets, and large-scale, land-based engineering and test sites contribute to the full-spectrum research and development.  Major Carderock facilities include the David Taylor Model Basin; Maneuvering and Seakeeping Facility (MASK); Anechoic Flow Facility; Deep Submergence Pressure Tanks; Explosives Test Pond; Structure Evaluation Laboratory; Ship Materials Technology Center; Magnetic Fields Laboratory; the Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD); Sea-going Technology Demonstration Ship; the Large Cavitation Channel (LCC, Memphis, TN); Acoustic Research Detachment (ARD, Bayview, ID); the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC, Ketchikan, AK); and the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF, Fort Lauderdale, FL). Researchers at Carderock have access to high-performance computers, various materials research & testing laboratories, power & energy laboratories, several advanced manufacturing facilities, and shipboard environmental quality testing laboratories. 


Particular Areas of Interest:

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; Autonomy & Unmanned Systems; Business & Organizational Dynamics; Complex Systems; Cyber Science; Data Analytics ; Integrated Power & Energy Sciences; Knowledge Management; Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Capabilities; Ocean Sciences & Sensing; Operations Research; Quantum Sciences; Platform Design Sciences; Sustainment & Repair (Corrosion Science, Wastewater Management, etc.)