Laser-Vulnerability Modeling Engineer

Albuquerque, NMNow accepting applications: Laser-Vulnerability Modeling Engineer

Job Overview

This job announcement will be accepting candidate submission until 20 June 2023.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is accepting applications for the position of Laser-Vulnerability-Research High-Fidelity-Modeling Engineer in the Directed Energy Directorate, Laser Division, Effects Modeling and Simulation Branch. This is an exciting opportunity to perform applied research and collaborate with multi-disciplinary S&E’s to “bring speed-of-light to the fight”!   The scientist/engineer chosen for this position will participate in the development, planning, and execution of research projects regarding laser vulnerability modeling and simulation.  Are you interested in lasers, physics, laser-material interactions, and modeling & simulation?  Are you interesting in applying your experience to developing predictive capabilities and advancing new game-changing technologies for the Air Force?  If this sounds like you, please submit your application by following the link on this page. 


Yes, this position is eligible for telework opportunities; as determined by agency policy

Remote Work (CONUS)

No, this position is not approved for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  •  US Citizenship
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  •  Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  •  A BS with 7+ years of relevant occupational experience, MS with 3+ years of relevant occupational experience, or a PhD in Engineering or Science
  •   Physics courses

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with lasers (M&S, hardware, or preferably both)
  • Experience with uncertainty quantification analysis (ex. Sandia’s Dakota)
  • Experience with modeling thermal transport and thermal-mechanical failure in a wide range of materials, components, and systems
  • Familiarity with engagement analysis codes/frameworks (ex. AFSIM, BRAWLER, EADSIM)
  • Familiarity with high-end, first principal physics analysis involving: 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis (ex. FLUENT, OpenFOAM, CFD++); 
  •  Structural mechanics analysis (ex. Abaqus, ANSYS, and Sierra Mechanics)
  • Multi-physics simulations
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following numerical methods: 
  • Finite Element/Finite Difference (FE/FD) for heat transfer
  • Finite Volume (FV)
  • Structural mechanics (ex. Abaqus, ANSYS, and Sierra Mechanics)
  • Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) 
  •  Magneto Hydro-Dynamics (MHD) 
  •  Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) 
  •  Familiarity with computer model verification and validation
  •  A background in 2 or more of the following areas:  Aerodynamics, Numerical Modeling and Simulation, Statistics, Laser-Materials Interaction, Weapon Lethality Analysis  
  •  Experience with coding Python, C++ and/or Matlab 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
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