FEA /CFD Engineer / Scientist (Washington DC)

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Applied Research Associates, Inc. has an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional FEA / CFD Engineer / Scientistto support a multi-disciplined team that develops methodologies, processes, and technological applications for detecting, locating, identifying, physically and functionally characterizing, modeling and assessing WMD threats to support full dimensional defeat planning and combat operations. The position will require the individual to be an expert with either Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and/or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes such as ANSYS ®, LS-DYNA®, CFX ®, FLUENT ®. The position develops in-depth technical assessments and models of utilities for WMD facilities using multiple intelligence sources and analytical tools. The position requires providing technical reachback support to operational planners to support tactical and strategic planning. The position also provides occasional training to share expertise with junior counterparts and supports exercises to test new methodologies and analytical tools that are under development.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Practical mechanical engineering structural modeling or fluid modeling.
  • Ability to communicate highly technical analyses at a level comprehensible to laymen and senior-level government representatives.
  • Ability to clearly express in writing technical analysis results and site characterizations.
  • Expertise with ANSYS ®, LS-DYNA®, CFX ®, FLUENT ®.

Required Experience:

  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar.
  • 15-20 years of experience in solving DoD engineering problems.
  • TS clearance with eligibility for SCI based upon a SSBI in the last five years.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Direct experience supporting reverse engineering, threat analysis and vulnerability assessments of WMD-related facilities, processes and infrastructure (to include underground facilities).
  • Expert knowledge and use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Modeling and simulation expertise with weaponeering and engineering analysis tools or similar.
  • Research and Development of new tools and methodologies to understand and reverse engineer processes and support systems at remote WMD-related facilities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D degree in Engineering or Physics.
  • Military or defense-related experience and an understanding of operational planning and functional defeat of hard targets and underground facilities.
  • Counterintelligence scope polygraph in the last five years.


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at www.ara.com.

Please apply at www.careers.ara.com for the FEA / CFD Engineer / Scientistposition.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Applied Research Associates (ARA) operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in A;buquerque, NM and Vicksburg, MS. Applied Research Associates (ARA) was founded in 2022. It has 2729 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 119 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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