RESEARCH ENGINEER - SR. RESEARCH ENGINEER - Cycle Performance Analyst & NPSS Developer Job at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

  • Southwest Research Institute
  • San Antonio, TX

Job Description

Who We ** The Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section performs engineering R&D in the fields of air-breathing and liquid propulsion. Our team develops the Numerical Propulsion System Simulation software, the industry-standard software for cycle and performance analysis of these advanced propulsion systems.Objectives of this * Work in a team to support Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) software.Activities include engineering model development, program interface development, software testing, code infrastructure development and code development.Conduct thermal-fluid simulations using one-dimensional tools, either NPSS or commercial software, for propulsion and power generation applications which include common cycle components, such as compressor, turbines, heat exchangers, combustors, and motor/generators.Provide modeling and hands-on testing support for complex test rigs and prototype machinery being built and tested at SwRI.Provide engineering support to NPSS users and clients.Participate in teaching NPSS training courses. Promote the use of NPSS at technical conferences through papers and presentations.Daily and Monthly * Resolve NPSS software bugs in the engineering elements, models, and interfaces.Add new modeling capabilities to NPSS. These are generally long-duration, complex efforts that are decided upon annually by the NPSS consortium members.Support cycle model efforts for projects within the Department using NPSS or other engineering software to perform evaluations of problems of propulsion, power, and energy machinery and associated sub-systems.Document progress through technical presentations and update Consortium members through regular meetings.Work independently with minimal supervision. Participate in design and code reviews. Requires a Bachelors, Masters or a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineer, Aeronautical Engineering, or related.Advanced degrees will be considered in lieu of some years of experience.2-5 *** Experience conducting fluid and thermodynamics analyses of gas turbines or similarly complex systems using at least one of the following ***** NPSS, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Flownex, Easy5, Thermal Desktop, or PROOSIS, GasTurb, Modelica.2-5 ***** Experience developing engineering software or scripts based on the C++ programming language.A valid/clear drivers license is required.

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