Aerodynamicist

Location: Cambridge, MA
Job Code: 1716
# of openings: 2

Description

Job Qualifications:

Under the general direction of the Research and Development Center’s Aero-Performance and Conceptual Design Group, the candidate will serve as a mid-level member of a team dedicated to developing novel air-vehicle systems and executing advanced research in aerodynamics. The candidate will be expected to provide design concepts for and conduct preliminary and/or detailed analyses of aero-propulsion systems. The primary product line for design activities will be next generation air-vehicles applicable for both commercial and military use.

Specific Responsibilities:

Develop aircraft aerodynamic design requirements and aerodynamic planning for projects; design aircraft lofts using high- and low-fidelity modeling tools; wind tunnel test planning which includes defining instrumentation requirements, facility selection, and model requirements; test data reduction; Perform preliminary and detailed aerodynamic analysis on air-vehicles to support the creation of an aerodynamic database and estimating aircraft performance.

A successful candidate will be able to work as part of a highly integrated aerodynamics team that is able to develop new and novel design concepts while thinking outside of the box of traditional air-vehicle design philosophies and methodologies.  The candidate must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment on multiple, interdisciplinary projects.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited university.

  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in the modeling and analysis of advanced air-vehicle systems using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

  • Experience in the design and analysis of transonic and/or supersonic air-vehicle at various levels of engineering fidelity

  • Experience with the latest industry-standard aerodynamic design and analysis tools such as STAR-CCM+, FLUENT and CFD++

  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills.Comfortable presenting their work in front of senior management or customers

  • Travel to support customer presentations or to program meetings will be required.

  • Demonstrated ability to use MATLAB, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

  • Must be willing to relocate to MA or VA and work onsite.  Remote work not accepted.

  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal US Permanent Resident

Highly Desirable Qualifications:

  • Masters in Engineering or equivalent experience

  • Five (5) to eight (8) years’ experience in the modeling and analysis of advanced air-vehicle systems

  • Experience with the high-fidelity aerodynamic design and analysis tools Pointwise, STAR‑CCM, FUN3D, Kestrel, and Tecplot

  • Experience with the lower-fidelity aerodynamic design and analysis tools XFOIL, MSES, MTFLOW, AVL, ASWING, XFLR5, OpenVSP

  • Familiarity with the Computer Aided Design (CAD) tool CATIA

  • Research experience and interest in the design and modeling current and next generation commercial aircraft and their state of the art technologies

  • Experience with high-speed (transonic or supersonic) wind tunnel testing, for example pre-test predictions, test data processing and/or post-test analysis

  • Related education and/or experience in thermodynamic modeling of propulsion systems

  • Familiarity in the creation of aerodynamic databases

  • Experiencing mentoring other analysts strongly beneficial

  • Must be a US Person (US Citizen or US Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder)

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to support some travel

Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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