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Research Engineer - Process Modeler at ARCTOS in Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

ARCTOS is currently searching for a Research Engineer to join our team within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RX). This position involves computational efforts to aid material discovery of thermoset resins and layup and processing of these systems. The ideal candidate will develop computational methods to establish structure-property relationships across multiple length scales, from atomistic to molecular/nano scale to continuum material properties, using physics-based predictive modeling and simulation, augmented by artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms. The ideal candidate should develop computational methods to improve the processing of composite materials by using phenomenological and multiscale physics-based approaches, connecting experimental measurements to controllable processing parameters, with a strong focus on the connection from the nanoscale to continuum material properties.


  • Develop multi-scale physics-based models to optimizing composite material processing using machine learning methodologies.

  • Work with experimentalists to ascertain key processing parameters to integrate into phenomenological models.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of modern machine learning methodologies (deep learning, convolutional neural networks (CNNs), recurrent neural networks (RNNs), etc.)

  • Experience applying machine learning techniques – Classification, Clustering, Dimensional Reduction, Feature Engineering, Regression. 

  • Experience with machine learning API’s (TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch, etc.)

  • Ability to lead and contribute to complex teams.

  • Ability to contribute to government-led multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Detail oriented and capable of completing multiple time-sensitive tasks.

  • Must be able to prioritize workloads.

  • Must thrive in fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.

  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in multiphysics modeling softwares such as RAVEN, COMPRO, COMSOL, Abaqus.

  • Knowledge of Modeling and Simulation support.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Ph.D. degree (or soon to be awarded) in Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering, or related field.

  • Experience with machine learning algorithms and techniques is required.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment:

  • Office environment.

  • Must successfully pass pre-employment drug screening, subsequent random screening per anti-drug and alcohol misuse prevention program requirements.


  • Travel may be required and will be performed under the guidelines of Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) and/or Joint Travel Regulations, Volume II (JTR).

ARCTOS is an Equal Opportunity/Veterans/Disabled Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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