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Associate Research Engineer

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Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Research Staff
Department: Air Vehicle Optimization - 250403
Pay Grade: R1/R2 - Exempt
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Position Summary:

UDRI is seeking qualified applicants to apply for their Research Aerospace Engineer position.
This position will work for the Air Vehicle Optimization division and is a full time benefit eligible position that offers health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, tuition assistance, vacation/sick accrual and holiday pay.

The Air Vehicle Optimization Group at UDRI is a diverse team of skilled engineers and scientists who work closely with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop, prototype, and test numerical models, software, and hardware for the multidisciplinary design and analysis of aerospace vehicles. The group brings together specialties in Aerospace, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics to combine state-of-the-art engineering tools with innovative ideas to support future aircraft design methods from conceptual design through flight testing. A few of the projects the group currently supports include: Computational Aircraft Prototype Synthesis (CAPS), Missile Enhancement via ReconfigurabLe Interceptor Nose (MERLIN), Efficient Supersonic Aircraft Vehicle (ESAV), X-56, and XQ-58A.

The group is currently seeking an Aerospace Engineer to support ongoing research and development contracts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Air Force Research Laboratory to provide support for airframe propulsion and power systems integration. Research Aerospace Engineers apply fundamental engineering principles to design, develop, document, maintain, and deploy software infrastructure and engineering analyses in the support of aerospace engineering research.

The successful candidate will bring to bear their skills and experience with one or more of the following: experience in aircraft design and propulsion and power system integration, experience with finite element analysis for structural analysis, experience with CFD for aerospace analysis, experience in multidisciplinary analysis, sensitivity analysis, and design optimization, and computer programming. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential and highly valued in this role.

Minimum Qualifications:

R1 Level Requirements:
- A Bachelors or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline from ABET accredited institution and no previous work experience 
- Basic experience with Python/Matlab or similar programming languages
- Knowledge of aircraft design and performance analysis
- Knowledge of propulsion systems
- Due to requirements of our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be a U.S. Citizen
- The candidate must be able to pass a National Agency Check

An R2 must meet all R1 minimum qualifications in addition to the qualifications listed below:
- A Bachelors and three years previous work experience, or Masters and two years previous work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

- A Masters or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline from ABET accredited institution
- Proficient using Python/MATLAB or similar programming languages
- Proficient in aircraft design and performance analysis
- Familiarity with multidisciplinary analysis and optimization including sensitivity analysis
- Familiarity with finite element method as applied to structures
- Experience with aeroelastic analysis
- Propulsion system analysis and design experience
- Experience with NASTRAN/ABAQUS or similar finite element modeling tools
- Experience with CFD tools
- Research experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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