Computational Mechanical Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Laurel, MD
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
Full Time
DescriptionDo you have a fundamental drive and fascination in solving problems of all kinds?Are you searching for impactful work in the area of computational structural engineering and finite element analysis (FEA) that doesn't confine you to working on the same thing year after year?Does making meaningful contributions to projects that span from submarines, surface ships, UAV's, aircraft, missiles, to spacecraft a dream job?Are you a creative person driven by your need to solve new problems, who is passionate about applying your knowledge and knowledge learned from others to solve truly outstanding problems?If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.We are seeking a computational structural engineer to help us provide insight to the physical processes that define the behaviors of physical systems. As a member of our team, you will contribute to exciting projects supporting the US Department of Defense and NASA. Our team strives to develop, apply, and maintain deep expertise multiscale modeling techniques that give insight into the most meaningful length and time scales. You will work alongside computational professionals who have a real passion for working with and developing state of the art computational tools in order to make advancements in the field.As a Computational Mechanical Engineer: Your primary responsibility will be to utilize FEA modeling predictive modeling and simulation of materials and engineering systems across a variety of length and time scales. You will develop new models and statistical analysis of the resulting data. You will work with and actively collaborate with engineers, designers, fabricators, and scientists on a day to day basis. You will propose future projects and initiatives. You will also craft reports and give presentations to communicate results to team members and government partners. QualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Have a MS in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge. Have 3+ years demonstrated ability in FEA. Experience in utilizing physics-based modeling frameworks and the ability to contribute to their development. Have direct experience using LS-Dyna. Demonstrated ability to both work independently with little guidance and direction, and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment. Can multi-task on projects. Have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings or tests at other government and contractor sites. Will be comfortable working in closed area facilities. Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship. Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have a PhD Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge. Extensive experience in the development and use of simulation software in computational engineering. Scientific/engineering programming experience, the ability to work in multiple languages (MATLAB, C/C++, Python, FORTRAN, ) and algorithms commonly used in computational science and engineering. Experience in large-scale software development. Experience using hardware accelerators (eg GPU's) and familiarity with parallel programming techniques (MPI/OpenMP). Demonstrated ability to contribute to team based software development. Fundamental understanding of the underlying physical phenomena driving material properties. Why work at APL?The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at