Research Position at the Eagle Flight Research Center – Electric Aircraft Specialization

Employer
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU’s) Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) seeks to augment the research capabilities in the area of electrified aircraft propulsion. Candidates for the position of staff researcher or faculty researcher are encouraged to apply. Applicants in three different areas of expertise will be considered:

1) Staff/Faculty Researcher in Electrical Engineering: Ideal candidates will have 2-5 years of post-PhD experience, have an emphasis on power electronics and battery pack design and poses the following knowledge and skills: understanding of battery management systems and hardware based experience with 18650 cells and packs; understanding of functional hazard assessment and mitigations with regard to pack design; understanding of failure at the cell level; understanding of thermal runaway and internal shorting; cell level and pack level battery modeling in simulink and simscape; understanding of electric motors and motor controllers; understanding of control laws for systems level integration of electric motors and motor controllers; experience with heat sinks and heat dissipation (including air cooling) for high power electronics; understanding of high power DC buses; understanding of digital communications such as CAN and ARINC; a desire to mix hardware based research with theoretical developments.

2) Staff/Faculty Researcher in Human Factors: Ideal candidates will have 2-5 years of post-PhD Experience, have an emphasis on aviation systems and poses the following knowledge and skills: human interfaces with new and novel aircraft systems; ability to address human factors research questions about differences between conventional aircraft propulsion and electrified aircraft propulsion; ability to address human factors research questions about transitioning aircraft such as the hybrid application of a mixed helicopter/airplane; ability to address human factors research questions on the deployment of autonomy in the cockpit; ability to address human factors research questions surrounding the move from two pilot to single pilot and from single pilot to no pilot; a desire to mix hardware based research with theoretical developments.

3) Staff/Faculty Researcher in Aerospace Engineering: Ideal candidates will have an emphasis on novel aircraft design and poses the following knowledge and skills: understanding of aircraft performance and control; understanding of helicopter performance and control; understand of the complex interactions between aerodynamics, structures, controls and weight; the ability to quickly adapt to understanding electric aircraft propulsions, propulsive battery packs, motors and motor controllers, electric generators and power electronics; the ability to perform multidisciplinary optimization; a desire to mix hardware based research with theoretical developments.

The determination between a hire as a staff member or a faculty member will be on a case by case basis. Those seeking a faculty appointment will require approval from an appropriate academic unit within the University.

The EFRC is a nimble, research-oriented conduit for joint ERAU/industry associations. The center structure is a core group of researchers and industry experts that can propose and execute research contracts for the aerospace industry on industry time lines. This center will focus on being able to provide one-stop solutions to many aviation problems. To that end, the center and its faculty and staff will strive to develop expertise not only with theory but with an emphasis on hardware and an eye on certification.

Qualifications

Candidates need to be able to be successful at proposing profitable, relevant research and then must be able to ensure the proper execution of awarded contracts. A vision of the direction of the aerospace industry and the ability to clearly communicate ideas both written and verbal is essential. The ability to work in both an industry environment and academic environment is required. Supervision and project management of peers, staff and students in a collegial yet goal oriented method is key to long-term success. Candidates for these positions are individuals with a proven track record of being able to acquire and satisfactorily perform aerospace research independent from organized research centers.

A PhD in Engineering is required and successful candidates will be appointed as Research Faculty Members. Applicants with pilots’ certificates are encouraged to apply. Other Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates and delegations will be considered in the hiring process.

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