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    The Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center is currently seeking interested applicants for two Vehicle Configuration Specialist (Aerospace Engineer) positions in the Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch (ASAB) (E403). For more information about the directorate, please visit their website at http://sacd.larc.nasa.gov/.

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    • Two vacancies will be filled through this announcement. One Vehicle Configurator will be responsible for supporting general analysis of air vehicles and specific detailed analysis in the discipline area of vehicle performance and mission analysis.
    • The other Vehicle Configurator will be responsible for supporting analysis of air vehicles focused specifically on vehicle performance and mission analysis for novel operations.
    • (Novel operations may include urban air mobility, on-demand mobility, and other operations with increasingly automated or autonomous aircraft.)
    • These positions support the execution of systems analysis, mission analysis and technology assessment for the entire size/speed range of advanced atmospheric missions, vehicle concepts, and aeronautical technologies.
    • The initial focus is to function as part of a systems analysis team as a vehicle configurator to design and analyze advanced aircraft concepts and conduct studies of advanced vehicle configuration impacts on the future air transportation system.
    • ASAB's vehicle analysis typically consists of sizing/optimization of a configuration for a given figure of merit. Figures of merit include minimizing takeoff gross weight, fuel burn, time to climb, and cost, or maximizing range.
    • Procedures consist of mass prediction; aerodynamic estimates to converge wing design and wing-body-tail-gear configuration; basic static stability and control surface sizing; and powerplant consideration to achieve best airframe/propulsion match.
    • Products include mission analysis, environmental impacts (noise, emissions), technology trade studies and sensitivities, cost-benefits analysis, and portfolio analysis.
    • A secondary focus will be to function as an integrated vehicle/transportation system analyst designing and analyzing future transportation concepts of operation that take advantage of advanced vehicle concepts.
    • The incumbent serves on a technical team to conduct inter-disciplinary design and analysis studies in the following ways:
    • Supports the development of new designs, or techniques that are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems with unprecedented or novel aspects.
    • Conducts configuration studies to assess technical feasibility.
    • Supports the development and analysis of new and unique tools and methods for unconventional configurations.
    • Performs requirements development and analysis, trade studies and sensitivity analysis.
    • Utilizes Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) tools and techniques to design and analyze advanced aerospace concepts.
    • Participates in cooperative efforts and consultations with technical groups as necessary.
    • Integrates various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical papers/briefings.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0861 Aerospace Engineering

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