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University of Washington Bothell
Bothell, Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 17, 2024

Job Details


Req #:234261
Department:UW BOTHELL
Job Location: Bothell Campus
Posting Date:05/17/2024
Closing Info: Closes On 05/24/2024
Salary:50% of $7,000 - $8,000 per month
Other Compensation:
Union Position:Yes
Limited Recruitment:Open to UW Bothell employees only
If you are a UW employee and would like to be considered for this position, please login to your UW employee profile to apply.
Shift:First Shift
Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills, and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

This is a grant funded position and will not continue beyond 5/31/27. The continuation of this position beyond 5/31/27 is contingent upon future funding.

The School of STEM is one of five University of Washington Bothell academic units. Its mission is to provide equitable access to exceptional programs that integrate teaching and research to prepare our students to solve problems and confront the challenges facing our communities, the region, the nation, and the world. The School strives to be an indispensable regional partner, leading in accessible, innovative, and effective education and research to create a diverse workforce that engages ethically and inclusively with our world and society.

Reporting to the Chair of the School of STEM’s Engineering and Mathematics Division, the Research Scientist/Engineer 4 (NE S UAW RSE) will serve as the UW Bothell PI for a project to develop a 150-passenger aircraft that uses an ammonia-based integrated propulsion, power, and thermal management system funded by NASA ULI (University Leadership Initiative). The goal of the project is to do a feasibility study using ammonia as the source of electricity for CO2 emissions free flying and design an airplane that will accommodate the new propulsion system. This will be a crucial development for the future of aviation as all the major aircraft builders, in a massive effort to resolve global warming, have agreed to go fully green flight by the year 2050. The overall project is a team effort that consists of ten academic institutes and aerospace industries across the country.

The Research Scientist will lead the NASA ULI team for this project at the University of Washington Bothell, which will be responsible for conceptual and preliminary design of the aircraft followed by multidisciplinary optimization. They will direct the development of aircraft configuration design, initial structural design, aeroelastic analyses such as flutter, dynamic loads, and optimization accounting for all of the interdisciplinary areas. The Research Scientist will also train and supervise graduate and undergraduate student workers on the project and organize a summer workshop and internships for aspiring young students. They will also coordinate and collaborate with the other ULI teams in the different areas, i.e., propulsion, aerodynamics, systems and control.

Conceptual and preliminary design, optimization of the aircraft
  • Explore existing and new methods for the design of emission-free aircraft and conduct analysis and evaluation of its aerodynamic performance.
  • Determine optimal aircraft configuration and conduct aeroelastic analyses based on modal representation of aircraft deformation and motion.
  • Perform multidisciplinary optimization, including efficiency analysis using Dynamic Eigen Decomposition and frequency domain stability analysis.
  • Collaborate with the teams from the other academic institutions.
  • Provide appropriate updates to NASA.

    Student education and training
  • Recruit undergraduate and/or graduate students and provide training in aircraft design and performance analysis, including CAD, MATLAB, and finite elements.
  • Design and conduct workshops for students.
  • Design summer internships to provide career development experiences for students in aerospace engineering.

    Documenting and publishing the work
  • Write scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with relevant investigators at the University of Washington and at other institutions, foreign and domestic.
  • Present results at domestic and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the progress and final report of the grant.
  • Seek other funding opportunities to continue the work.

  • Master’s degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering and four years of experience in industry/academia with a proper background in the specified areas – aircraft design, aeroelasticity, and optimization OR Equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • PhD with two years in aerospace or mechanical engineering.
  • Good working experience in industry/academia with a proper background in the specified areas – aircraft design, aeroelasticity, and optimization is required.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in computational methods and tools such as Finite Elements, CAD.
  • Overall, the candidate must be proficient in computer programming, be able to do physical modeling, and have good understanding and interpretation.

  • Knowledge and experience of CFD is not a must but a decided plus.

    Application Process: The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are access ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or .

    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .

    Open to UW Bothell employees only
    If you are a UW employee and would like to be considered for this position, please login to your UW employee profile to apply.


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