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Posting Details


Posting Number S01810P


Working Title Research Scientist
Posting Category Staff
Position Number 004788
Assigned Organizational Area Research
FLSA Exempt
Benefit Status Full Benefits
Pay Grade Postdoc/P1/P2
Months Per Year 12
Hours Per Year 2080
If Temporary, Date of Expiration
Proposed Start Date


Department Experimental & Applied Mechanics - 4229
Advertised Location Dayton, Ohio



A research scientist is sought to perform basic research in adaptive computational methods, with application to problems in multidisciplinary design optimization. The research scientist will work in a team of PhD level researchers in computational methods, structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, data science, smart materials and structures, and design optimization including topology optimization. The research scientist should have experience in computational methods and scientific programming, as well as relevant expertise that contributes to the overall project goals.

Aerospace systems are growing increasingly complex and are exhibiting a wider range of coupled physics phenomena. As a result, computational analysis of these systems is becoming more complicated, especially in an effort to capture important coupled physics earlier in the design process for the purpose of developing higher performance systems at lower cost. Several challenges exist, but many relate to the problem of integrating and orchestrating models of different levels of fidelity (multi-fidelity processes) across a wide range of physical phenomena while providing useful sensitivity analysis information and meeting accuracy requirements.

This position is being funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory for work completed in the Aerospace Systems Directorate located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the University of Dayton Research Institute.

The selected applicant must be able to pass a National Agency Check.

Position Summary Information

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will be classified as either a Postdoctoral Researcher (PD), Professional Researcher Category 1 (P1), or Professional Researcher Category 2 (P2) employee based on expertise and experience. Below are the minimum qualifications for each level.

Postdoctoral researcher:
Doctoral degree obtained not more than five years prior to the start of employment. 

P1 Researchers:
No post-degree experience required.

P2 Researchers:
Minimum three years of relevant experience beyond a degree. Up to 2 years at half time may be substituted for work performed while earning a PhD. P2 Researchers are expected to demonstrate the ability to generate ideas, solve problems, and contribute to the preparation of technical documents. 

All applicants must have a PhD degree by their start date.

Due to the nature of this position, United State citizenship is required.

Must be able eligible to pass a national agency check

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate must have strong technical writing, English verbal, organization, and presentation skills.

The candidate should be able to interact effectively with other research engineers, research scientists, technicians, and management as well as with current and potential customers.

The candidate should have demonstrated successful experience in one or more of the following (in no particular order):
multidisciplinary design optimization
adaptive computational methods
computational methods
structural mechanics
fluid dynamics
data science
smart materials and structures
design optimization including topology optimization
scientific programming

Candidates having interest in the above technical areas, however possessing experience in only a few, are highly encouraged to apply.

Work Hours

8:00 to 5:00

Number of Positions Available 1
Proposed Posting Date 01/03/2018
Application Review Date
Proposed Closing Date
Open until filled? Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Preferred Multicultural Experience

Demonstrated and successful experience working with people from diverse backgrounds. Knowledge of and sensitivity to a Catholic Marianist work environment.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a U.S. citizen?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter