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AMA is seeking a post-doctoral position at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA for a research engineer with demonstrated experience in materials development and simulations in support of NASA entry systems.
- Aid in the development of NASA’s new material response software, a multi-dimensional, multi-physics computational tool aimed at furthering our understanding how materials behave in a re-entry environment.
- Advance the current state of knowledge by performing numerical simulations and working with other in-house tools (DPLR, US3D, NEQAIR) to model the aerothermodynamic and aerodynamic environment of a variety of entry vehicle concepts. This includes proficiency in constructing computational grids (Pointwise, Gridgen, GridPro) and the ability to interpret simulations and communicate the results in peer-reviewed publications.
- Develop innovative computational methods to find fast and scalable numerical solutions to tackle challenging problems including but not limited to surface ablation and recession, finite-rate chemical kinetics, and complex gas-surface interactions such as phase change and spallation.
- Daily application of strong written and oral communication skills required.
- Advanced programming knowledge of Fortran, C++, and Python.
- An understanding of the numerical methods used for solving systems of partial differential equations, i.e., finite-volume, implicit/explicit time integration schemes, unstructured gradient reconstruction methods, etc.
- Demonstrated an ability to transcribe numerical methods and models discussed in research journals and articles into functional code.
- Proven ability to write high-quality performant codes.
- Must have a desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.
- Expertise in using tools such as git, continuous integration testing, etc.
- Experience with parallel programming architectures, e.g. MPI, OpenMP.
- Understanding of basic principles of thermal protection material response, heat transfer, and multi-phase phenomenon is desired
- Experience with NASA software such as DPLR, US3D, LAURA, Fun3D, OVERFLOW, or Loci-CHEM.
- Experience with commercial grid generation software (Pointwise, Gridgen, GridPro, etc.) and data visualization software (Tecplot, ParaView, FieldView, etc.).
- A strong background in analytical or numerical modeling of thermal protection materials
- Knowledge of radiative transport and mechanisms for plasma radiation.
Education and Qualifications
- PhD degree (or preparation for defense in the next three months) in Materials Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science or other relative fields.
- To be considered for this post-doctoral position, applicants must have no more than two years of experience after their final degree was awarded.
- Must be a U.S.citizen or Permanent Resident.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status