Senior Systems Engineer / Principal Systems Engineer

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Senior Systems Engineer / Principal Systems Engineer


Dayton, OH 

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Are you interested in a career opportunity that offers tuition assistance for yourself and dependents, great benefits package, and more? UDRI is a national leader in scientific and engineering research, serving government, industry and nonprofit customers. Seeking talented individuals to provide a broad range of support in various technical and program management activities. Join our team and apply today!

This person will interact with customers seeking support from the Structural Materials Evaluation Team through project planning, program management, and material characterization for USAF needs related to specialty materials, maintainability, sustainability, technology maturation, and manufacturing. This person will maintain expertise in identifying maintenance problems, material deficiencies, and developing effective material and process solutions to meet maintenance requirements for USAF aircraft. Additional expertise includes knowledge and expertise in defect/damage repair on aircraft structures and materials, including specialty materials, evaluation of repair efficacy, and development of repair procedures. This person’s responsibilities will include: collaboration with AFRL, industry OEMs, program offices, and maintenance depots, providing expertise and consulting on materials and processing issues, researching and characterizing emerging technologies for maintenance and repair, performing engineering assessments and testing to develop and mature materials and processes, performing independent evaluation of externally developed materials and processes, ensuring compliance with specifications and standards, development of material characterization tools and techniques, evaluation of inspection tools and their effectiveness at quantifying defects, and project management. This person will interact with a number of technical experts from AFRL, UDRI, industry/OEMs, and subcontractors to accomplish the program goals, while leveraging in-house capabilities and labs as well as external. Position requires occasional travel for on-site evaluation, demonstrations, manufacturing process reviews, and programmatic meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

R3 Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, aeronautics engineering, or closely related engineering/science discipline.
• 8 years of relevant experience.
• Hands on experience in aircraft materials, maintenance, inspection, defect/damage evaluation, and repair.
• Experience working with AF Program Offices, maintenance personnel, AF researchers, and OEMs to support maintenance and sustainment activities of USAF aircraft.
• Proficient in reading, understanding, and ensuring compliance with security protocols, standards and specifications, technical orders, maintenance and procedures used in aircraft depots.
• Experience with Microsoft Office, Word, Power Point, Excel.
• Proficient written and oral communication skills.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to pass a National Agency Check for continued employment.
• Possesses either Secret or Top Secret clearance.

R4 Minimum Qualifications
A R4 must meet all of the R3 Minimum Qualifications in addition to having 12 years of related experience, OR a Master’s degree with 11 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

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

• Graduate level degree or additional coursework beyond B.S. degree.
• Expertise and extensive experience with advanced/specialty materials used for aircraft repair and maintenance.
• Supervisory and leadership experience with USAF maintenance and sustainment personnel.
• Experience working with socially and culturally diverse communities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

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.