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Senior Engineer/Scientist

Job Description

Are you interested in working for a dynamic and fast-paced organization whose mission is to solve problems of national importance?


The Southwest Division (SWD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is looking for a senior level engineer or scientist with specific experience in computational applied dynamics to join our team in the Concept Development Group (CDG).  ARA’s CDG is located in Albuquerque, NM and is a recognized leader in weapons development, high fidelity shock response modeling, and penetration mechanics.  ARA’s CDG is at the forefront of providing solutions to challenging and nationally important weapons related problems.  ARA’s CDG is currently working multiple technologically challenging efforts, requiring an individual who is capable of immediate technical contributions.  One of our high visibility efforts requires ARA to establish a new survivability standard by which future penetrating weapons will be measured.  As part of this effort, the successful applicant will be responsible for performing LS-DYNA and/or EPIC finite element calculations to validate the models against existing test data and identify the edges of the survivability envelope for weapons that attack our adversaries’ most challenging targets.  Additionally, the successful applicant will be a key team member on a variety of ongoing and future CDG projects.


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interface directly with high-level government clients and will have the responsibility to communicate the results of his or her work to customers.  He or she will work closely with other analysts and designers in a highly collaborative environment.  The computational applied dynamics engineer or scientist will also ultimately be responsible for developing new business with existing clients.


Major Duties:


  • Conduct finite element analyses of challenging dynamic structural problems that include contact, nonlinear material behavior and fracture using the explicit finite element code LS-DYNA and/or EPIC. 
  • Construct finite element meshes of complicated geometries. 
  • Perform engineering analyses on a variety of projects.
  • Identify and develop new applied research projects for the Concept Development Group of ARA. 
  • Identify and qualify new opportunities with government and industry clients.
  • Conduct face-to-face meetings and prepare technical and cost proposals.

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.


At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at www.ara.com.

ARA offers a highly competitive compensation and benefit package, including medical and dental coverage, stock ownership, 401(k) profit sharing, life and long-term disability insurance, performance bonuses, and professional development.

Job Reference # SWD-2014-07

EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering, or related.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate highly technical analyses at a level comprehensible to laymen and senior-level government representatives.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance, which includes US citizenship.

Required Experience
  • Direct experience with Unix/Linux/Windows operating systems and computer programming languages.
  • Practical mechanical engineering high-strain rate structural response modeling with Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • PhD in Engineering or Physics.
  • Secret clearance in the last 5 years.
  • Relevant experience in solving DoD engineering problems

Job Snapshot

Post Date 9/11/2014
Location Albuquerque, NM
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Engineering, Science
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID SWD-2014-07
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