Interdisciplinary Mechanics
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 8/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Interdisciplinary Mechanics Advisor: Bryan Glaz (410-278-8037, [Click Here To Join]); Frank Gardea [Click Here To Join] Candidates are sought primarily across the disciplines that underpin mechanical and aerospace engineering departments; namely fluid mechanics, structural dynamics, and applied mathematics and dynamics. In this sense, this announcement cuts across the broad definition of aeromechanics. Highly creative candidates with unique perspectives from other backgrounds that may be applicable to the aeromechanical sciences are also highly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will do research on high risk, high impact exploratory research that seeks to bridge fundamental and applied research with the goal of enabling leap-ahead Army vehicle and mobility capabilities that are currently infeasible. Candidates with diverse backgrounds ranging from application of novel mathematical abstractions to experimental proof of concepts are sought. The successful candidates will be brought in to contribute to a multidisciplinary group that requires strong theoretical and canonical underpinnings combined with experiments and physics based numerical simulations. While specific research topics are often sought, this announcement is primarily meant to encourage highly creative proposals from talented individuals with substantively grounded leading edge research interests. Examples of previous research topics include nonlinear dynamics and bifurcation theory applied to dynamic stall, nanocomposite structural dynamics, flow control and direct Kolmogorov scale forcing of turbulence, rotorcraft aeroelasticity, and spectral decompositions of dynamical systems with memory. These topics are not meant to limit the proposals from applicants; they are simply listed to illustrate the broad range of exploratory basic/applied research that this group pursues. Most importantly, during the course of an appointment, successful candidates will be expected to develop into independent researchers capable of conceiving of and executing their own research ideas.

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