Fluids Research Engineer

Penn State

University Park, PA

Job posting number: #7100246

Posted: May 17, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are searching for a Fluids Research Engineer to join our Fluids Research Department at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. The Department is part of the Fluid Dynamics Division within the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office, which has a long, successful history of providing innovative solutions and technology for a range of U.S. Government and Industry sponsors. In this position, you will support and conduct basic and applied research in fluid mechanics, investigating a wide range of areas of hydrodynamics interest, including complex single and multi-phase flows, cavitating flows, marine vehicles, turbomachinery, and renewable energy production.

Responsibilities Include:

Prepare and execute hydrodynamic testing at ARL, government test facilities and field sites
Design, assemble & operate test articles
Reduce and analyze data
Write, develop, and submit proposals for funded research
Collaborate with other engineers, researchers and academic faculty
Document research activities in technical reports
Higher level responsibilities include:

Manage Fluids Research projects of small or moderate size and scope; make substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals and objectives; responsible for assuring quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness of assigned Fluids Research projects.Develop project status reports for appropriate distributions
Identify Fluids Research problems and related technical issues leading to long term, generic solutions; identify technical approach for solving Fluids Research problems and meeting customer/grantor needs.Seek out and listen to feedback from others in order to plan and coordinate work efforts
Collaborate with other team members.Assemble team members to work on Fluids Research areas
Contribute to proposals, reports and presentations in the division related to Fluids Research.Maintain external research relationships
This job will be filled at a level 2 or 3 depending upon the successful candidate’s education and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an engineering or science related discipline plus two year’s related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

Required skills and experience include:

Knowledge of fluid mechanics
Good written and verbal communication skills, along with good presentation skills
The ability to work effectively as part of a project team
Preferred skills and experience include:

A Master’s degree or PhD in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
Experience with fluid dynamics testing
Knowledge of unsteady fluid dynamics
Knowledge of cavitation and multi-phase flows
Experience with advanced flow diagnostics/measurement techniques
Experience with systems engineering
Familiarity with solid modeling/CAD systems, MATLAB, or Simulink
Some off-site travel and extended off-site work will be required.

ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.

You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

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