Research Scientist - Composites and Engineering Materials
Location: Waco, Texas
Internal Number: 3163442
Research Scientist - Composites and Engineering Materials Waco, TX, United States
Job Identification: 13143 Posting Date: 06/20/2022, 6:11 AM Job Schedule: Full time Locations: Waco, TX, United States Degree Level: Master
Job Description: What We're Looking For
The Scientific Innovations in Composites and Engineering Materials group (SIC'EM) is looking to hire two individuals at the level of Research Scientist to start immediately. These complimentary positions will serve in the Sic'em group housed within the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science and located at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). These positions will support the laboratory by leading new efforts in technology development in the areas of structural analysis and testing of aerospace polymer matrix composites.
The two researchers will lead sponsored research efforts to advance the state of the art in each of 1) NDE/NDT-Informed techniques in physics-based predictive modeling of composite structures and 2) constituent materials characterization and composite materials testing as produced and with defects. The researchers will work closely with other Sic'em researchers and each other to establish new techniques in quantitative analysis from NDE/NDT datasets from composites inspection to complement existing and future NDE/NDT FAA certification efforts. These positions will integrate into the existing group structure and the successful applicant must be able to adapt their focus based on the changing needs of the research group. Our ideal candidates will possess the following:
A Masters in mechanical engineering or related field is required.
Three to five years of experience (which can include graduate studies) in finite element methods development, composite structural analysis, and/or materials testing is preferred.
Proficient with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and Power Point.
Proficient in MATLAB or similar mathematical analysis software.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an understanding of the different needs of our engineers and scientists.
Ability to work both independently and in group environments.
Ability to work under pressure, exuding a mature demeanor while multi-tasking in a deadline-oriented environment with accuracy and consistency.
A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or related field is preferred.
An understanding of commercial finite element program, such as ABAQUS.
Familiarity with static and fatigue testing of polymer matrix composites.
Familiarity with developing testing plans and procedures from ASTM standards.
Familiarity with laminated polymer composite structures, materials, and fabrication techniques.
Familiarity with polymer matrix composite structural damage and defect mechanisms.
Familiarity with ultrasonic non-destructive testing is desirable.
Ability to read and interpret materials test standards.
What You Will Do
Oversee aerospace grade composite manufacturing, materials characterization, and structural testing
Oversee the development of composite materials analysis methods including analytical and numerical (i.e., FEA) techniques
Purchasing of manufacturing and materials testing supplies
Participate in periodic engineering design reviews to improve testing protocols and processes
Aid in nondestructive testing of laminated composites over a range of environmental conditions
Oversee interactions with researchers in NDT/NDE-based inspection
Participate in regular research team discussions
Receive technical training on the use of commercial finite element software to analyze composites and damaged composite structures
Receive technical training on the use of high value scientific equipment for testing (i.e., tensile testing, xray CT, SEM microscopy, single-probe and phased array ultrasonic testing, etc.)
Interface with students, faculty, administration and visitors to support Baylor's mission
Perform all other duties as assigned to support Baylor's mission
Ability to comply with University policies
Maintain regular and punctual attendance
Engage with prospective industrial partners and government representatives as part of sponsored research efforts
Aid in editing technical documents prior to external review and submission
About Us: Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicants religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, and academic strategic plan, Illuminate.