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Internship and Early Career Opportunities
Intern – Engineer: Reaction Engines
Location: Denver, Colorado and Watkins, Colorado. In-office working is expected at least two days a week and can increase due to current internal company need.
• Assist with engineering tasks in the design and analysis of advanced propulsion, thermal management, and test systems.
• Work with team engineers in the development, fabrication, and testing of advanced propulsion and thermal management systems and components.
• As needed, aid in the preparation of technical reports and other required project documentation.
• Provide feedback to improve company analysis tools, policies, and datasets.
• Performance of additional engineering or business support tasks as assigned.
• Working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, or other equivalent field of discipline from an accredited institution.
• Hands-on experience through lab research projects, project teams, and/or work experience.
• Must comply with all applicable import and export control laws and regulations including, ITAR and EAR regulations.
• The ability to conform to U.S. Government space technology and advanced propulsion export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
• Experience with aerodynamics and/or cycle analysis of turbine and/or rocket engines
• Experience with thermal properties, calculations, and combustion parameters
• Experience with designing and manufacturing aerospace components
• Experience in testing aerospace hardware, troubleshooting and redesign
• Experience with CAD and other design and visualization tools
• Coding experience in any of: MATLAB, Python, or C/C++
Skills & Behaviors
• Strong engineering/development skillset (design/development/mechanical & electrical)
• Practical mind-set, strong creative problem-solving skills and positive “can do” attitude
• Ability to think in an entrepreneurial way
• Self-motivated, driven, and able to work independently
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrates behaviors consistent with Reaction Engines’ core values
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and apply for this role.
Postdoctoral Appointee – Engineering Sciences Experimental Facility: Sandia National Labs
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Sandia National Labs is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experiments and support development and use of advanced diagnostics in Sandia’s Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel facilities. Work will primarily be completed in one of three facilities, the Trisonic Wind Tunnel (Mach 0.5-3.0), Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (Mach 5, 8, 14) and Hypersonic Shock Tunnel (Mach 8, high enthalpy). Additional research opportunities involving Sandia’s advanced flowfield diagnostics and energetic materials are possible. In this role, you will have access to state-of-the-art laser sources, high-speed cameras, advanced optical sensors, and test facilities.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Work with the mentorship of Sandia staff to design, conduct, and analyze experiments as part of established
Develop diagnostics for high-speed and high-enthalpy flows in wind tunnels, shock tubes, and shock tunnels
Utilize a combination of laser-based and surface sensor diagnostic techniques to realize project goals
- Assist in the publication and presentation of results to the scientific community
- Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference.
Qualifications We Require
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or other related engineering or natural science field
Experience in the application or development of flow diagnostics such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), laser
absorption spectroscopy (LAS), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET), Doppler global velocimetry (DGV), Raman-based scattering methods (e.g., CARS), surface measurement sensors, or similar measurement techniques
Strong verbal and written communication skills as evident by a history of conference and/or journal publications
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance
Job #: 688480
Engineering Sciences Experimental Facility Test Operations Engineer (Early Career): Sandia National Labs
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Sandia National Labs is seeking a Test Operations Engineer to join a team of researchers focused on experimental technology and advanced diagnostics for the harsh environments relevant to Sandia’s national security mission. You will lead experimental activities that encompass numerous systems that work together to ensure successful high-quality experiments in Sandia’s wind- tunnel and shock tube labs. In this role, you will have access to state-of-the-art laser sources, high-speed cameras, advanced optical sensors, and test facilities.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Program and operate data acquisition systems, data analysis & quality verification, to include layout,troubleshooting and post-processing
Maintain and operate laser systems, setup and align optics, and align and operate scientific-grade CCD and CMOS camera systems and high-speed imaging
Design, fabricate, and construct mechanical components for testing
- Write and maintain documentation for facilities in our wind tunnel labs
- Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your dreams while making a difference.
Qualifications We Require
Bachelor’s degree or higher or equivalent experience in mechanical or aerospace engineering field or similar discipline
Experience in experimental test setup, execution, data acquisition, post-processing, and documentation
Experience with data acquisition programming including Matlab, LabVIEW, or similar programming languages
Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q-clearance
Job #: 684478
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Graduate Student Positions: New Mexico State University
Post Doctoral Fellows: These appointments are associated with theoretical, computational, and experimental investigations that further advance hypersonics with a vision toward the endgame. The MAE Department seeks self-starters and highly motivated Post-Doctoral Fellows interested in experimental, computational, and theoretical studies involving (a) aerothermodynamics & instrumentation; (b) heat transfer & sensors; and, (c) material sciences. Significant opportunities are arriving that address national needs and interests. NM is known for high-speed aerothermodynamics, i.e., Sandia National Laboratories-where a NMSU-SNL Hypersonics Roadmap has been prepared and Los Alamos National Laboratory whose interests in material sciences stretch to hypersonics. White Sands Missile Range and Spaceport America are within a one-hour drive from campus.
Graduate Students: Fully funded and competitive Graduate Research Assistantships (salary, tuition, medical insurance, +) are available.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Research Graduate Student Positions: University of Illinois
A post-doctoral research fellow position and graduate research positions for Ph.D bound students in computational high-Mach number flows are available in the research group of Prof. Deborah A. Levin at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign USA in the department of Aerospace Engineering. The research projects in the group involve laminar shock boundary layer interactions, jet-flow interactions, two-phase flows including dusty plasmas, and high-Mach number plasma sheath-boundary layer interactions primarily using direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and particle-in-cell (PIC) high performance computational tools. Postdoctoral applicants should have a good knowledge of high performance, massively parallel computing and knowledge of GPUs is helpful.
More information about recent publications may be found at: https://aerospace.illinois.edu/directory/profile/deblevin
The initial appointment period for a postdoctoral fellow is 1 year with reappointment for 2 or 3 years subject to performance and availability of funds. Applicants should send a CV, indicating available start date, recent publications, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com.
Student Programs: MITRE
Still in school and interested in co-ops, internships? Recently graduated and interested in job opportunities? Check out MITRE’s student programs.
MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.
Graduate Research Opportunities in Advanced Materials Processing, Testing, and Characterization
Professor Gregory Thompson at the University of Alabama is seeking motivated graduate candidate students to join his research group in three stimulating programs: (1) Creep behavior in ultrahigh temperature ceramics (UHTCs) (2) Micro-lattice construction from directed laser deposition and (3) Structural stability and mechanical behavior in compositionally complex refractory nanocrystalline alloys. Each of these programs provide collaborative opportunities for professional development with national laboratory and/or industrial collaborators enabling an enriching graduate research experience that will extend beyond just on-campus laboratory opportunities.
Professor Thompson has a dynamic research team of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who develop fundamental linkages between processing-structure-property relationships. This is achieved through developing expertise in utilizing advanced processes with analytical characterization methods. The outcomes of our work provide a fundamental basis for scientific understanding that informs engineering of new materials.
- The UHTC effort involves powder processing and consolidation of mixed-metal and mixed-nonmetal species to control point defects for creep responses at temperatures well above 2000 oC. Using a novel, non-contact means for thermomechanical loading, we will explore yet to be quantified behavior in relevant temperature environments. Interested candidates should have an interest in powder processing, mechanical behavior, and electron microscopy.
- The micro-lattice project leverages the use of laser chemical vapor deposition that enable fibers to deposit under the focal point of a laser and then grow as the laser retracts. Through multiple lasers, the ability to additively construct novel lattices is enabled. The candidate student should have a strong interest in deposition science, logic control of instrument design (mechatronics), and laser optics to build structures.
- The refractory nanocrystalline program involves the use of combinatorial powder processing, conformal coating of such powders by physical deposition, and thermal testing to identify refractory stabilized alloys, with solutes that alter grain boundary behavior. The interested candidate should have an interest in powder metallurgy, micro-mechanical testing, and atom probe/electron microscopy.
The University of Alabama Board of Trustees recently approved a Materials Characterization Equipment Renewal Program that will recapitalize the core analytical facility. New instrumentation includes an aberration corrected (S)TEM; modern TEM; multi-gas plasma focus ion beam (FIB); the highest resolution Ga FIB; a dedicated SEM for micro-mechanical testing; and the next-generation Local Electrode Atom Probe. These collective instruments provide exceptional opportunities to characterize and test materials in each of these programs ensuring opportunities for high impact science and engineering outcomes. Interested candidates can pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering or a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Materials Science program. Other physical science or engineering graduate degrees are options based on candidate’s interest and development of the research topic above.
Prior student from Professor Thompson’s research group have found gainful employment at GE Global Research, Army Research Laboratory, Knolls Atomic Lab, Intel, Seagate, Apple, and a variety of other industries in the southeast and nation.
The University of Alabama is an R1 research institution, home for 38,000+ students, and is located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in West Central Alabama. It is approximately 60 miles from Birmingham, Ala. The Tuscaloosa metropolitan area, with more than 150,000 people, has been named “The Most Livable City in America” by the US Conference of Mayors and one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance. The city offers a variety of parks, an amphitheater for concerts, and a vibrant entertainment downtown.
Interested candidates should contact Professor Thompson for more information. Applicants received prior to February 1 are eligible for prestigious UA Graduate Fellowships.
Student Programs: NAVSEA
Naval Surface Warfare Center
If you’re a current student or recent graduate, you may be eligible for federal internships, scholarships or apprenticeships through various student programs.
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APL Graduate Summer Intern 2023: Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics Focus
Location: Laurel, MD
Seeking a highly qualified graduate student with expertise in the areas of either 1) hypersonic boundary layer transition computations; or 2) hypersonic turbulence simulation. The selected student will work at APL for approximately 3 months during the summer of 2023 alongside an APL mentor. The student will perform boundary layer transition or turbulence simulations and analyses, compare predictions with experimental data, and work to assess and improve the performance of models/codes as necessary. The student’s activities will have a research focus that will complement their graduate research.
For a boundary layer transition focus, applicants should have expertise and experience with CFD, meshing, and linear stability analysis, as well as knowledge of hypersonic boundary layer instability physics. For a hypersonic turbulence focus, applicants should have experience with turbulence modeling and execution of DNS, LES, WMLES, or other detailed simulation approach. Interested students are invited to apply or gather additional information by contacting the APL point of contact.
Must be a U.S. citizen capable of obtaining a security clearance.
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or other relevant technical discipline.
Approval from academic research advisor
Strong preference for PhD students with at least 1 year of research experience; highly qualified masters-level students are also encouraged to apply.
Research experience in the areas of boundary layer transition or hypersonic turbulence.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Experience with high performance computing, linux, and Matlab or python scripting.
- Computer programming skills/experience with Fortran, C, or C++ desired.
- High initiative, motivation, flexibility, and ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
- 3-month, full-time employee status with security clearance and competitive salary
- Interested applicants should send a brief e-mail to the technical point of contact summarizing their graduate research background and confirming that they meet the eligibility requirements.