Next Generation UAV Platform Mechanics
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/10/2019

Opportunity Description

A next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is envisioned to perform unpresented capabilities in terms of speed, range, and reliability, while employing drastically improved efficiency of performance. The future vision entails novel approaches to mechanics that will enable revolutionary efficiency in passive response to exploit the energies of external stimuli. Further advances in actuation and active material systems will enable massive reconfigurability to eliminate the 'family-of-systems' approach to UAV platform configuration designs. Prior UAV solutions have tended to rely upon point-wise designs. The Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD) is seeking to appoint a senior researcher with relevant education and experience. In collaboration with ARL senior scientists, the candidate selected will contribute to VTD's concept, design, and approach to incorporating next generation thought into a coherent philosophy for the re-envisioning of configurable, reliable, efficient, and scalable UAV solutions. The knowledge gained through the research necessary to develop new manufacturing methods and processes to most effectively and efficiently use new UAV technologies will prove invaluable for the senior researcher selected.

Opportunity Snapshot

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Grooming future leaders in science and technology requires enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of workers early in their careers. To that end, ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) assists in connecting the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

ORAU works with agencies such as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recent graduates in full-time and part-time jobs in the Office of Research and Development at EPA under the National Student Services Contract. ORAU also works with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Research opportunities include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Environmental Science, Entomology, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, Geology, Health Education Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Physics, Public Health Economics, Public Health Policy, Toxicology, and more.

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