AFFOA is a non-profit, public-private partnership founded in 2016 as one of the
Department of Defense’s (DoD) Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes.
Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, AFFOA’s mission is to rekindle the domestic textiles
industry by leading a nationwide enterprise for advanced fiber & fabric technology and
manufacturing innovation, enabling revolutionary new system capabilities for
commercial and defense applications.
AFFOA is dedicated to accelerating the pace of innovation in advanced textiles through
R&D, transitioning and integrating fiber and fabric technologies into products with dual-
use applications. The Institute is uniquely positioned to establish and build supply
chains to rapidly prototype for DoD and commercial needs and focuses on preparing
and building the workforce of the future that can support these new manufacturing
needs. AFFOA partners with its member companies including startups, universities,
manufacturers, commercial industry, and defense partners to bring advanced fiber
technologies to market.
This role is responsible for providing subject-matter expertise in textile design and
engineering, focusing the design of textile based smart systems and specifications for
those systems for the advanced textile applications. This lead role will be accountable to
work across the teams internal to AFFOA and with external members/partners to
develop industry leading advanced prototype production process. Successful candidate
will also be the SME on proposal submissions.
Develop next generation technologies and concepts using experience with textile fibers
and fabrics to support a group of cross functional engineers
Create high level and/or detailed design specifications.
Broad, cross functional understanding of design and manufacturing concepts
o Technical knit, woven, and nonwoven fabric construction
o Fiber and yarn production
o Textile wet processing (scouring, dying, printing, lamination, finishing)
o Textile testing methods
o Advanced e-textile integration methods
Create robust design solutions using CAD, analysis software, lab equipment, and
production grade machinery.
Procure, assemble, and test advanced prototypes to inform design decisions,
refinements, and to demonstrate performance.
Support projects from lab prototypes, test, validation, debug and documentation through
to manufacturing prototype, pilot and mass production builds
Participates in multi-disciplinary agile teams as SME in textiles.
o Act in the capacity of Owner/Scrum Master or Team Member in Agile Teams
o Technical liaison between product teams and manufacturing teams
o Support product owner in preparing materials for external communication
Acts as textile SME/liaison in external engagements
o Provides guidance and recommendations on proposals submitted by membership as
they relate to process feasibility.
o Provides recommendations and guidance to member companies
Carries out other duties as required by leadership to meet Institutional goals.
Experience with CAD tools for textile design, with strong foundation in textile engineering
and working knowledge of e-textiles
Knowledge of fundamental textile design concepts including fiber specification and
testing, fabric characterization, textile manufacturing processes.
Hands-on experience with production grade manufacturing equipment (weft knitting
machines, embroidery, lamination, sewing machines etc.) and common textile
Minimum BS degree in Textile Engineering or related field with greater than 5 years’
experience in textile or
MS degree and greater than 3 years of professional experience in the textile industry or