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The position: Aerospace engineer at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Location: Laurel, Md.

Job duties: Assists in propulsion engineering and combustion research, including design and analysis oriented toward current and new technologies as well as aerospace vehicle applications. Helps develop innovative tools to support the design phase. Performs combustion chemistry modeling. Participates in project/experiment planning. Prepares reports and documents analysis results.

The company: The Applied Physics Laboratory is a nonprofit center for engineering, research and development. It is a division of the Johns Hopkins University. The APL has a staff of 4,600 people, 68% of whom are engineers or scientists. The APL is located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and its facilities comprise more than 399 acres, 20 major buildings and a nearby satellite campus.

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Requirements: Must have a master's degree in physics, chemistry, mechanical/aerospace engineering or a related field, and Ph.D.-holding candidates are preferred. Requires five years experience related to design, analysis, fabrication and testing. Ideal candidate will have familiarity with complimentary analysis skills including thermal, computational fluid dynamics and high-speed impact modeling for more complex integrated analysis efforts. Must be able to work independently and as a member of a small technology department. Experience in the design, analysis, fabrication and testing of polymeric, ceramic matrix and/or metal matrix composites is preferred. Candidate will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Extra perks: The company offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including a matching retirement program, liberal vacation plan, educational assistance and a scholarship program for employee dependents.

Interesting Info: The APL was created to develop critical technology during World War II in 1942.

Other Opportunities: The APL also needs biomechanical engineers, experimental machinists, missile modeling and simulation engineers as well as space simulation lab assistants.

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