Jacobs Modeling and Simulation in Spacecraft Electric Propulsion (R-67) in Edwards Afb, California
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Full-time position at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards AFB, CA to perform modeling and simulation research of in-Space electric propulsion technologies and their plume. The successful applicant will research, implement, and validate numerical methods in an existing C++ based framework as well as develop new simulation tools of various EP thrusters. In addition to developing new tools, the successful applicant will perform simulations of EP devices and plume-spacecraft interactions. While experience with specific methods (DSMC, PIC, MHD, or MF) is desired, the diversity of the systems to be studied/analyzed will require strategic use of various methods, a firm grasp of the underlying physics, and flexibility to learn and strategically apply new methods. The successful applicant is expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals, present research at external conferences, present research at internal meetings, and work closely with in-house experimentalists, engineers, and computational scientists.
The successful applicant will be required to work within an existing scientific framework written in C++ and deployed on Linux and HPC systems. Previous programing experience is required, while distributed version control, continuous integration systems, and/or experimental based validation campaigns is highly desired.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Master’s degree in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
Experience with developing and/or implementing numerical methods in an existing or new code.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to contribute to a team effectively in a research environment.
Must be a US Citizen and able to pass a background check/security clearance and drug screen.
Experience in one or more relevant area including, plasma physics, in-space electric propulsion, finite-rate chemistry modeling, DSMC, PIC, MHD, Multi-fluid, Vlasov, commercial CFD packages, and/or uncertainty quantification.
PhD or Master’s degree with history of independent research in a relevant field.
Computer science experience with object-oriented language (e.g. C++ or Python), version control, and continuous integration.
Knowledge of parallel programming models (MPI, OpenMP, and CUDA) and their use on high performance computing systems.
Publication of research results in conferences proceedings or peer reviewed journals.
Work Environment is 100% inside (up to 50% telework)
Travel/Transportation Requirements - 5%
Office Equipment - Computer
Work Schedule - 9-80 schedules
1 st Shift
Necessity Regular Attendance - 50%
Urgency for Punctuality - 100%
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