Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Flight Performance Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107402
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: August 12 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Flight Performance Analyst to help tackle complex problems related to systems in the hypersonic flight regime. You will be involved in one or more of the following activities to support enduring and future weapons systems; modeling and simulation, structural dynamics and thermal-structural analysis, reduced order modeling (ROM), and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC). This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Analyze ballistic aerospace systems during the hypersonic reentry flight environment.
- Develop flight simulation and thermal-structural models of the systems, conduct flight simulation and finite element analyses (FEA); document and present the results.
- Create surrogate models of the aerothermal loading, structural dynamics, and thermal response for use in flight simulation and finite-element analyses.
- Support ground and flight test experiments with computational analysis and data analysis.
- Develop and maintain computational model documentation, verification, and validation activities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Contribute to the development of new flight performance predictive capabilities by identifying areas of improvement and future research required for analysis tasks.
- Facilitate the use of in-house flight analysis capabilities by internal customers; provide guidance, documentation, and technical expertise to these customers.

- Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Fundamental knowledge in one of flight dynamics, structural dynamics, aerodynamics, heat transfer, or ablation.
- Experience with engineering analysis using high-fidelity fluid, thermal, structural, or multi-physics codes.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team with effective organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Programming experience, especially in a scripting language such as Python.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a multidisciplinary research team, author technical and scientific reports and papers, document analyses, and deliver scientific presentations.
- Ability to travel, as necessary.

In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Master’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Knowledge and experience analyzing high-speed flight vehicles, multi-physics analysis, or missile trajectory analysis.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with trajectory analysis or flight simulation software such as TAOS, OTIS, POST2, or AFSIM.
- Experience with structural finite element software such as Ansys, Abaqus, Sierra, LS-DYNA, Dyna3D, Diablo, Thermal Desktop.
- Experience with CFD codes such as US3D, FUN3D, CART3D, CBAERO, or ATAC.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.