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Conceptual Aircraft Design Engineer

Job Qualifications:

Aurora Flight Sciences is currently seeking a mid-level engineer to join the  Advanced Concepts Group of the Cambridge Research and Technology Center.  In this role, the candidate will pursue advanced research in aerodynamics, modelling and multi-disciplinary optimization in a fast-paced development environment and contribute to the maturation of unconventional aircraft configurations for both commercial and military applications. The candidate will be expected to conceive and evaluate clean-sheet concepts making use of a variety of enabling technologies, and support these programs from preliminary design through fabrication and flight test.  


The successful candidate will possess a varied, multi-disciplinary background and a willingness to accept multiple roles in a variety of technical areas, as required by active programs.  The successful candidate will also have significant experience with aircraft conceptual design, selection and use of analysis tools across a range of modelling fidelities and the use of optimization in design.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support research efforts in conceptual-level aerodynamic design, analysis, and optimization, including multi-disciplinary and multi-fidelity design
  • Investigate evolving technologies, materials and manufacturing processes in support of ongoing and future programs and conceive novel aircraft configurations leveraging developments in these areas
  • Perform trade studies on systems and components of advanced concepts and existing platforms
  • Support requirements definition, conceptual/preliminary layout, and detailed analysis for air vehicle systems
  • Design, build, and test prototype vehicles and subsystems
  • Present detailed data and design recommendations based on findings
  • You will likely be attempting to solve problems that are poorly defined by the stakeholders (customers). You must be able to think creatively and independently about how to turn vague inputs into executable projects.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related degree with 3+ years of applicable experience or Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of applicable experience
  • Experience with multidisciplinary optimization and vehicle sizing
  • Experience with first principles aerodynamics for design-based analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly prototype and vet design concepts
  • Candidate must be hands-on and motivated
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Desired Experience:

  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related degree
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing and prototyping techniques
  • Familiarity with standard CAD packages (e.g. Solidworks or Catia)
  • Familiarity with a range of aerodynamic, structural, aeroelastic and propulsive analysis tools, at several levels of fidelity
  • Experience in validation of analysis results against other sources, such as flight test

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to support travel


Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles.  Our mission is to apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.  We aim to change the way we travel.

We frequently achieve what others can’t due to a combination of experience, persistence, collaboration, and a culture of innovation.  Projects are ambitious and risky. We apply breakthrough technologies to create a new state of the art, rather than advancing the old one.

During the last three decades, Aurora has designed, rapid prototyped, and flown an average of one new vehicle a year for both government and commercial customers. Now as an independent subsidiary of Boeing, Aurora’s innovation is combined with Boeing’s size and strength, creating an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt the future of the aerospace industry. 


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