Combustion Dynamics Research Engineer
GE Corporate - Niskayuna, NY

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As a Combustion Dynamics Research Engineer, you will be a member of the Combustion Dynamics and Diagnostics Lab, which is focused on developing state-of-the-art gas turbine combustion dynamics modeling, dynamics mitigation, and advanced diagnostics technologies.

Essential Responsibilities
Combustion Technologies is an organization that develops combustion technology for the next generation of high efficiency, environmentally friendly, reliable, and cost-effective combustors for the Power Generation, Aircraft Engines, Oil & Gas, and Locomotive businesses. We are a key element of GE's "ecomagination" initiative making contributions across a multitude of fields including low-emission gas turbines, aircraft engines, and diesel engines. Our teams are based around the world, with offices and labs in Niskayuna (New York), and Bangalore (India). We seek outstanding technologists with advanced degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The Combustion Dynamics and Diagnostics Lab is focused on developing state-of-the-art combustion dynamics predictive methods and combustion diagnostics techniques. Facilities include multiple atmospheric and high-pressure combustion test cells that enable experiments and diagnostics at gas turbine operating conditions. As a Combustion Dynamics Research Engineer, you will report to the Lab Manager for the Combustion Dynamics and Diagnostics Lab. You will work with teams that conceptualize, develop and evaluate low emissions & low dynamics combustion technologies for a wide range of GE products. Your responsibilities will include developing high fidelity combustion dynamics models using state-of-the art tools such as Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and 3D thermo- acoustics. As a Combustion Dynamics Research Engineer, you will:
  • Model combustion dynamics systems using commercial engineering analysis tools, or developing state-of-the-art computational combustion dynamics models. Validate analytical and numerical models using experimental data.
  • Develop combustion dynamics mitigation techniques for robust dynamics reduction.

  • Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related disciplines OR Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related disciplines with at least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of combustion, acoustics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and combustion chemistry.
  • Experience using commercial engineering simulation/analysis tools (such as Fluent) to model combustion systems, or knowledge state-of-the art computational combustion modeling.
  • Ability to investigate, model and provide critical insight into complex physical phenomena.
  • Candidate must be willing travel to GE facilities in the US or Europe once per quarter.
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals at the Masters level for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.
  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY.
  • Must be willing to take a drug test and submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics
  • Background in gas turbine combustion, including: fuel/air premixing systems, thermo-acoustic instabilities (combustion dynamics), combustion CFD including LES, flame propagation in complex fuel mixtures, combustion kinetics & chemistry, design and evaluation of new combustion systems, and modeling of combustion systems.
  • Peer reviewed journal publications.
  • Experience working in teams and creating innovative technology solutions.
  • Knowledge of Fluent, Chemkin or other combustion/kinetics modeling programs
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work across all functions/levels as part of a team
  • Ability to create innovative technology solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to independently execute on projects
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
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