Staff Engineer at Applied Research Associates (ARA)

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Job Description:

The Southwest Division (SWD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) in Albuquerque, NM, has an opportunity for an entry-level or experienced candidate to join a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists. The Computational Physics Group develops code and performs computational analysis for large Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. The successful applicant will perform CFD computer simulations on local computing clusters and High Performance Computing (HPC) systems to support the development and use of these computer codes for a variety of applications such as air blast, shock tubes, explosive detonations, explosive fill analysis, subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flows and reacting flows. He/she will work with a team of highly skilled engineers and scientists that leverage multidisciplinary backgrounds to provide innovative solutions to our customers. The programs impact national security and Department of Defense (DoD) mission areas. Opportunities include work in areas such as nuclear and conventional weapon effects, air blast injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), advanced energetics (enhanced explosives), coupled fluid/structure interaction, hypersonics, aerothermodynamics, and peridynamics.

ARA offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits including medical and dental coverage, 401(k) profit sharing, life and long-term disability insurance, performance bonuses, and professional development.

Education and Security Requirements:

  • B.S. in physics or engineering (mechanical, chemical or aerospace)
  • GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 for all degrees earned
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance, which includes US citizenship


Required Skills:

  • General problem-solving skills
  • Strong technical writing skills, and the ability to present technical material at conferences and at meetings with customers
  • Knowledge of compressible flow and shock physics
  • Capacity to work in a team environment and to cultivate business-development opportunities
  • Initiative to work with moderate supervision; ability to prioritize efforts in a dynamic multi-tasking environment


Required Experience:

  • Performing calculations with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes
  • Programming in languages such as Python, Julia, Fortran, C or C++, Matlab, or R
  • Working on Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Manipulating data and presenting results in useful formats using tools such as Excel, DPlot, MATLAB or Mathematica
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


Desired Qualifications or Experience:

  • M.S. in physics or engineering (mechanical, structural, chemical or aerospace)
  • High Performance Computing (HPC), code development and running high-fidelity simulations on parallel platforms
  • Chemical kinetics models and reaction mechanisms
  • Modeling of hypersonic aero-thermal flight environments including reentry flight and Thermal Protective System (TPS) response
  • Modeling of multiphase flow
  • Peridynamic theory and codes
  • Heat transfer modeling including conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Experience with CFD meshing tools, like PointWise, ANSYS/FLUENT
  • Comparing/analyzing experimental/simulation data and documenting results
  • Planning and executing experimental efforts


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)
More Information on Applied Research Associates (ARA)
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 89 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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