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Aerodynamicist



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

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An Insider's view of Aurora Flight Sciences

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I look forward to coming into work every day, because the office is abuzz with excitement and innovation. Everyone is working on new things and pushing the boundaries of aerospace. The hallway chatter ranges from topics in advanced aerodynamics to when the next rock-climbing meet-up will be. I imagine this is how NASA felt during the space race.

Billy

Aircraft Conceptual Designer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Aurora is committed to solving challenging technical problems across the aerospace industry. Our team is focused on providing core functions that enable certifiable autonomy in practice, from autonomous threat detection/mitigation to planning, estimation, and control of optionally piloted aircraft in unstructured environments.

Igor

Autonomy Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful one has to be an optimist and take initiative. We are working on projects that have not been done before so every new idea or approach needs to be welcomed with creativity and an open mind. Learning is endless here, but it is up to the individual to ask questions and take ownership of their work.

Destiny Mora

Embedded Systems Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Aurora creativity is a necessity. Most of our projects are at the cutting edge of what’s possible and require solving one or more engineering problems that have never before been solved before. It’s in our DNA and we encourage this from Day 1.

Brian

Senior Vice President of Programs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

This is where you get to work with the smartest people, across every discipline, on a multitude of trailblazing products. This is where your voice will always be heard. This is where you will be encouraged to try everything. This is where you want to be.

Nayan

Mechanical Systems Group Lead

What are Aurora Flight Sciences Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program