Research Faculty (Flow Acoustics Engineer)

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
Apr 16, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time

Research Faculty (Flow Acoustics Engineer)


Careers at the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University


WE Are…


Located in the heart of Happy Valley, State College, PA, The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University Center of Excellence in Defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. As a DoD-designated, U.S. Navy UARC (University Affiliated Research Center), ARL maintains a long-term strategic relationship with the U.S. Navy and provides support for other services. We are seeking a researcher to perform modeling and measurement research in the area of flow induced structural acoustics for a wide range of possible applications, including marine vehicles, aviation, and renewable and non-renewable energy production.


WE Offer…


Employment at ARL includes many benefits and rewards, including:


• Professional Development


• Career Advancement Opportunities


• 75% Tuition Discount for you and your family


• Safe and Diverse Community


• College Sporting Event Mecca


• World-Class Entertainment Facilities and Events


• Cultural Events


• Good Public Education System


• Activities for All Stages of your Life


What YOU Will Do…


You will: Using advanced instrumentation, prepare and conduct experiments at ARL as well as various off-site government testing facilities; identify and perform appropriate numerical and analytical modeling; write and submit proposals for funded research; cultivate relationships with existing and potential government and industry sponsors; collaborate with other research and academic faculty at Penn State; and document research activities in technical reports and peer reviewed publications.


What YOU Need to be Successful…


Non-tenure faculty rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. Minimum requirements include a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Acoustics plus three years of related work experience.


Preferred experience:


• Knowledge of vibration measurements, modal analysis techniques, finite element, and boundary element analysis


• Familiarity with data acquisition systems and data acquisition system development


• Proficiency in programming within the MATLAB environment and in a compiled language such as C/C++ or FORTRAN


• Familiarity with government research programs and the proposal submission process.


Required experience/skills:


• Expertise in flow excitation mechanisms, such as gust response and turbulent boundary layer excitation, and the relation of these forces to vibration and radiated sound


• Good written and verbal communication skills


• The ability to work independently and meet project schedule requirements


• The ability to work effectively in a team environment


• Occasional domestic and international travel will be required to support testing.


You will be subject to a government security investigation and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.


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