· Develop and conduct research experiments in a collaborative environment at a government research laboratory. The experiments may include laboratory research for gas turbine fan, compressor, and turbine component, systems and prototypes. Duties will include working all aspect of experimental development including planning, design, fabrication, assembly, instrumentation, and development of apparatus to perform aerodynamic and heat transfer experiments in low speed, high speed, and/or rotating turbomachinery research facilities. The research engineer will obtain measurements and develop experiment-specific data acquisition processes including advanced data reduction of high-speed heat flux, pressure, and multi-dimensional velocity measurements. The research engineer will modify, update, and improve as needed laboratories including but not limited to, experimental hardware, experimental data acquisition systems, and computational resources.
· U.S. Citizen capable of obtaining a security clearance.
· Demonstrated ability to execute research protocols, summarize results, and prepare reports including giving technical presentations as required.
· Experience designing, modifying, installing, and operating specialized wind tunnel devices and instrumentation.
· Ability to think analytically and communicate complex ideas to peers.
· Must have excellent written, verbal, and graphical communication skills.
· Hands-on experience calibrating and using hot-film sensors, pressure transducers, and optical flow diagnostic methods such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV).
· Hands-on experience using and writing Labview, Matlab, and Tecplot scripts.
· Experience developing designs and engineering drawings for fabrication using 3D parametric software such as Solidworks.
· Experience safely using hand tools, power tools, machine tools, and personal protection equipment.
· Professional experience or graduate level research experience in experimental fluid mechanics including the internal flows found in turbomachinery components and unsteady fluid dynamics.
· Fundamental/basic research experience in the area of unsteady turbomachinery flows including endwall and secondary flows found in turbomachinery is preferred. Experience in active aerodynamic flow control methods including working with pulsed and steady pneumatic devices.
· Hands-on research experience developing, configuring, and obtaining flow velocity measurements using the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique including two-dimensional and stereoscopic arrangements, high-speed (> 1 kHz) and low-repetition rate systems, including experience with phase-locked measurements and Class 4 lasers. Experience using LaVision PIV software including calibration, acquisition and processing of PIV datasets.
· Hands-on experience developing post processing and advanced aerodynamic and fluid dynamic data reduction methods for pressure, and multi-dimensional velocity measurements of highly three-dimensional vortical flows and unsteady fluid interactions.
· Must have earned a B.S. degree from an accredited university in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related field, with an emphasis on fluid mechanics. M.S. or higher preferred.