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Staff Research Engineer, Experimental Combustion

Business Unit United Technologies Research Center Req ID 51900BR Date posted 08/03/2017 City East Hartford State Connecticut

The Combustion Science Group at UTRC invites qualified candidates to apply for an experimental research position in multi-physics and reacting flow areas. UTRC will provide ample opportunity to work on the science and engineering aspects related to problems encountered in practical devices and applications such as gas turbine combustors, fire suppression systems, and material flammability.

The successful candidate must demonstrate;

  • A thorough understanding of experimental methods and analysis techniques for unsteady, multi-phase reacting flows.
  • An in-depth understanding of advanced experimental diagnostics and optical-based or laser measurement techniques such as laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) or planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) as examples.
  • A clear understanding of the fundamental physics for combustion and/or multiphase, reacting flows.
  • The potential to initiate, lead, and execute funding opportunities in both internal and external R&D.


Candidates are expected to develop and employ innovative approaches for measurements in reacting flow environments and show a broad understanding of topics related to combustion or fire dynamics, environmental issues, spray atomization, chemical kinetics, and gas-phase or particulate emissions. An understanding of material flammability or high-temperature oxidation of metals or condensed-phase fuels would also be highly desirable.

Qualifications A successful candidate will work independently and enjoy collaborating with multidisciplinary team. Help create an environment of shared success through communication, by providing detailed reports, presentations and technical papers. Proven ability to write and win proposals is a plus.

Proficiency in Matlab, LabView and/or image processing techniques will be an added plus.

US permanent resident or US Citizen required.
Education Ph.D. in aerospace, chemical, mechanical engineering or material sciences with at least 3 to 5 years of work experience in industry.

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