Research Scientist-Aerospace & Ocean Engineering
VA Tech - Virginia

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The research scientist is expected to be an expert in experimental aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in existing research programs and develop new programs of their own, particularly relating to aeroacoustic and aerodynamic testing in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel and will play key planning and development roles in the operation of the Stability Wind Tunnel. The successful candidate will also serve the educational mission of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, teaching courses in aerodynamics and related areas when tunnel duties permit. The position includes taking a lead role (as key personnel, co-PI or PI) in existing research and testing programs, and in developing new programs in areas related to experimental aerodynamics and aeroacoustics and that involve use of the Stability Wind Tunnel. Duties will include planning, performing and writing up of wind tunnel tests for a wide range of sponsors; developing new contacts with potential sponsors; identifying grant and contract opportunities; proposal preparation and writing and budget preparation; assisting with the management of all aspects of Stability Wind Tunnel operation; taking a technical lead in maintaining and developing wind tunnel instrumentation, in identifying and implementing new instrumentation, in identifying and implementing new wind tunnel capabilities and improvements, and in bringing the above instrumentation and capabilities to a point where they are integrated into regular wind tunnel operations; identifying, developing and implementing new experiments for undergraduate class testing; management of tunnel wage and student employees. The position also includes teaching up to three courses per year in the AOE Department, depending on extent of tunnel duties and research participation. Courses would be in aerodynamics or related areas.

Minimum Qualifications

The position requires an earned PhD in aerospace or a closely related field, at least 5 years experience conducting research in experimental aerodynamics and/or aeroacoustics and at least 5 years experience in the use of wind tunnels. The position also requires experience in developing and using advanced instrumentation for aerodynamics and/or aeroacoustics research such as thermal anemometry systems and pressure measurement systems.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements