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Job Opening (RD003): Research Engineer Nonlinear Finite Element Developer/Analyst

TITLE: Research Engineer

WAI Business Unit: Applied Science and Investigations LOCATION: Washington, DC, 20006


A successful candidate should have a strong command of computational structural mechanics and proficiency in the development
use of advanced FEA methods and software, both commercial and/or proprietary software. A candidate should demonstrate background and command in several of the following key areas of interest:


Analysis of various types of structures subjected to extreme loads, including air
blast, underwater explosions, impact, fatigue and fire effects

of vibrations of coupled fluid-solid systems for modal, acoustic, sound
radiation, and durability.

Mechanics of large deformation and failure of ductile, brittle, composite and hybrid materials

Participation in development of constitutive models for numerical simulation of nonlinear material and structural behavior, including failure.

Pre and post-processing automation algorithms, and development of modules interacting through Standard Application Interface (API) programming.

Strong background in structural mechanics and proficiency in finite element analysis, both in terms of development and advanced usage of commercial and/or lab software


Additional qualifications include:


Working knowledge of damage tolerance and fail-safe principles for aircraft components, both metal and composite.

Basic understanding of fatigue testing and load spectra.

Command of computational structural acoustics


Differentiating qualifications include recent conclusion of academic study, demonstrated development of FEA code, and publications.


new hire will be involved heavily in finite element modeling of severe or
unusual mechanical phenomena, such as blast, shock, fire, fatigue and
in moderate to large structures. This modeling will include development of
large models using interactive CAE tools, performing the analyses, and
interpreting and analyzing the results. Finite element software to be used may
include both in
and commercially available tools such as Flex, Dyna, HyperWorks, Ansys, and
Abaqus; we do not necessarily expect expertise in specific tools.



Recent PhD in structural engineering, applied mechanics, mechanical engineering, computational
or related field. Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work in an aggressive, success-oriented team environment are advantageous.



Position requires US citizenship and eligibility for a government issued security clearance. Clearly indicate in your response your citizenship status.



Please submit a cover letter,
resume and references by email to and reference in the subject line Job RD003”.



Weidlinger Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are considered
for employment, and are
treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.



Weidlinger Associates,

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