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Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
June 08, 2023

Do you have a fundamental drive and fascination in solving problems of all kinds?

Are you searching for impactful work in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) that doesn't confine you to working on the same thing year after year?

Does making substantial contributions to projects whose applications span from submarines, surface ships, UAV's, aircraft, missiles, to spacecraft sound like a dream job?

Are you a creative person driven by your need to solve new problems, who is passionate about applying your knowledge to solve truly outstanding problems?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer to help us provide insight to the physical processes that define the behaviors of physical systems. As a member of our team, you will contribute to exciting projects supporting the Department of Defense, NASA, and other government agencies. Our team strives to develop, apply, and maintain deep expertise multiscale modeling techniques that give insight into the most meaningful length and time scales. Alongside computational professionals who have a real passion for working with and developing state of the art computational tools you will make advancements in the field.

As a Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer ...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to utilize CFD modeling and simulation of fluids and engineering systems across a variety of length and time scales.
  • You will develop new models and statistical analysis of the resulting data.
  • You will work with and actively collaborate with engineers, designers, fabricators, and scientists on a day-to-day basis.
  • You will propose future projects and initiatives.
  • You will also craft reports and give presentations to communicate results to team members and government partners.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have an MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge.
  • Have 3+ years demonstrated ability in CFD simulation and analysis.
  • Experience in utilizing physics-based modeling frameworks and the ability to contribute to their development.
  • Demonstrated ability to both work independently with little mentorship and direction, and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Can multi-task on projects.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings or tests at other government and contractor sites.
  • Will be comfortable working in closed area facilities.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a PhD Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge.
  • Have extensive experience in the development and use of simulation software in computational engineering.
  • Have experience simulating multiscale and multi-physics engineering systems.
  • Have familiarity with CFD software (COMSOL Multiphysics, CFD++, Ansys Fluent, STAR-CCM+, OpenFOAM, OVERFLOW, FUN3D, ...) and other tools (HyperMesh, Pointwise, Tecplot, ...).
  • Have scientific/engineering programming experience, the ability to work in multiple languages (MATLAB, C/C++, Python, FORTRAN, ...) and algorithms commonly used in computational science and engineering.
  • Have experience using hardware accelerators (e.g. GPU's) and familiarity with parallel programming techniques (MPI/OpenMP).
  • Have demonstrated ability to contribute to team-based software development.
  • Experience with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.