Engineer, Aerospace (Combustion Scientist for measurement and characterization of aerosol matter from fires in space)
Universities Space Research Association
Cleveland, OH

About $74,000 - $95,000 a year

USRA is seeking an Aerospace Engineer/Combustion Scientist to support NASA-sponsored combustion research being performed on the International Space Station (ISS). This PhD-level position will specifically involve the measurement and characterization of aerosol matter that results from fires in spacecraft. The focus of this work is to develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of combustion-generated aerosol matter from fires in microgravity, including how the aerosol matter is formed and the chemical composition of the particulates.

The person selected for this position will be responsible for: 1) analyzing data from spaceflight combustion experiments; 2) designing and conducting complementary experiments in ground-based facilities; and 3) assisting in the design, development, and execution of future in-space experiments on the ISS or other space vehicles. From the results of the ground-based and flight experiments, the person will create a better understanding of fire ignition, detection, growth, and extinguishment on-board a spacecraft.

Candidates for this position must have a strong experimental background designing and conducting experiments and strong experience in the measurement and characterization of aerosols (solid and/or liquid). A background in combustion and/or chemically reacting flows is desired. Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is also desired. Experience with the design, development and operation of test hardware/test equipment is also desired.

All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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