Staff Research Engineer

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

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Staff Research Engineer


Dayton, OH 

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Job Description:

The Structural Materials Division in the University of Dayton Research Institute is seeking a highly motivated and highly talented engineer to provide modeling and simulation for a range of composite-related programs in its Multifunctional Structures and Materials Group. This specific position will support multiphysics modeling using commercial FEA software as well as custom, in-house software. The candidate will be expected to work closely with design engineers, customers, and program leads to design highly optimized, multifunctional structures supporting numerous programs. The candidate will participate in reporting and presenting results, internally and externally, during design reviews. The candidate will also be involved in part fabrication and testing to ensure discrepancies between the model and the manufactured part are captured.

Minimum Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from an accredited university.
• Three years experience in static and dynamic modeling of polymer matric composites (PMC).
• Significant experience in commercial FEA packages, such as Abaqus (preferred), Ansys, etc.
• Experience in cross-functional teams encompassing design engineers, manufacturing engineers, etc.
• Knowledge of PMC manufacturing techniques.
• Experience in verifying model predictions through empirical testing.
• Ability to effectively communicate both written and verbally.
• Due to security clearance requirements of this position, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

• More than three years’ experience in static and dynamic modeling of polymer matrix composites.
• Experience with nonlinear materials and geometries, as well as composite damage mechanics.
• Experience with modeling thermal, electrostatics/electrodynamics, and other common composite multiphysics environments.
• Experience with scripting (Matlab/Python/Fortran) subroutines to support FEA workflow.
• Documented successful experiences of properly documenting technical data generated by work projects which can include published technical papers or reports.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.


Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.