Aurora Flight Sciences is an aeronautics research firm. It manufactures unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles. The company is a subsidiary of Boeing, which mainly specializes in designing and constructing special-purpose aerial vehicles. Aurora Flight Sciences features piloted aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, and aerostructure products to aircraft companies. The firm plans and develops aerospace vehicles for military and commercial applications. John S. Langford III founded Aurora Flight Sciences in 1989, and its headquarter is located in Manassas, Virginia, United States. The firm currently employs more than 800 employees and operates in more than 5 locations; Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Aurora Flight Sciences provides paid vacations, healthcare benefits, and other perks to its employees.
As part of the Aerodynamics and Performance Group, the candidate will serve as a member of a team dedicated to developing and testing novel air-vehicle systems (fixed wing, VTOL, and rotary wing). The candidate will be part of a small integrated team designing and developing air vehicles and will be expected to assess the air vehicle aerodynamic characteristics in support of flight stability and control, performance modeling and flight control design. The primary product line for design activities will be next generation air-vehicles applicable for both commercial and military use.
Determine aircraft stability and control derivatives and propulsion models for use in air vehicle simulations using a range of aerodynamic modeling tools
Provide assessments of vehicle-level stability and control characteristics in support of vehicle layout and control surface sizing
Prepare and maintain aerodynamic databases for complex air vehicles
Estimate control forces required to size actuation systems
Support wind tunnel testing and data reduction for incorporation into aerodynamic databases and simulation models
Support flight test data analysis
BS in Aeronautics or Aerospace Engineering (preferably MS) with more than 4 years of experience (or equivalent education).
Experience with stability and control and aerodynamic design and analysis tools, including DATCOM, ESDU, and vortex lattice methods.
Demonstrated ability to use MATLAB, Python, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Must be willing to relocate to MA or VA and work onsite. Remote work not accepted.
Proficient at developing aircraft performing trade studies related to stability and control. Familiarity in the creation of aerodynamic databases (models of aircraft dynamics).
MUST be a US Citizen and must be able to obtain a SECRET level security clearance.
Strong ability to communicate and write in English and a broad knowledge of aeronautical sciences.
Masters Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
5+ years' experience in the modeling and analysis of advanced air-vehicle systems including stability and control
Experience with RANS CFD solvers such as STAR-CCM, FUN3D, OVERFLOW.
Experience with the aerodynamic design and analysis tools such as TRANAIR, XFOIL, MSES, XROTOR, AVL, ASWING, XFLR5, OpenVSP or similar tools.
Experience with flight and wind tunnel test monitoring and data reduction to support stability and control analysis and certification efforts.
Experience and interest in the design and modeling next generation manned and unmanned air vehicles (both electric and heavy-fuel based)
Experiencing mentoring other engineers and planning work approaches.
Ability to support some travel.
Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
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