Mechanical/Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: Predict and evaluate the thermal response and Infrared (IR) signature of missiles and rocket motor plumes in endo and exo-atmospheric flight conditions in support of ballistic missile defense technology development and other programs. Create and extend innovative thermal and IR prediction numerical simulation capabilities.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1.Use these numerical models to predict IR signature phenomenology of missiles and rocket motor plumes in endo and exo-atmospheric flight conditions in support of ballistic missile defense technology development and other programs.

2.Develop and extend the capabilities of codes used for intensive numerical calculations and associated graphical applications using C/C in the LINUX/UNIX operating systems.

3.Aerothermal analyses of Thermal Protection System (TPS) composites exposed to thermo-chemical ablation and mechanical erosion at high temperatures.

4.Compare predictions with flight test data and literature.

5.Document results in technical memoranda and papers, present findings to government agencies.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related science.
  • A minimum of 1 years of experience in one or more of the following areas. Radiation transport, aerothermal heating, thermochemical ablation, mechanical erosion, CFD, reacting flows, plume IR emissions, turbulence and diffusion.
  • Extensive C//C programming experience writing codes using state-of-the-art scientific computing techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to obtain an interim Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related science.
  • Greater than four years of experience in aerothermodynamics, IR signature predictions, or micromechanical nonlinear thermal-structural analysis of TPS composites at temperature.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to government or contractor facilities.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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