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Engineer II – Stress Analysis Engineer

Malibu, CA, USA Req #233
Friday, December 18, 2020

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.

EDUCATION DESIRED: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics or related discipline

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: You will be a part of a diverse team of engineers and scientists, where you will use finite element codes, analytic solutions and mechanics insight to help solve challenging questions at the frontiers of structural and materials research. In this role, you will apply your strong foundation in solid mechanics and numerical analysis to model the stress within structural, mechanical and electronic systems, identify failure mechanisms, model testing and processing fixtures, optimize system architectures, and brainstorm new designs. The ideal candidate will have excellent engineering fundaments, the initiative to identify technical problems and the creativity to generate novel resolutions. Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform finite element (FE) modeling and simulation using Abaqus

  • Perform non-linear FE simulations

  • Analyze thermal stresses

  • Interpret FE results to identify potential failure

  • Examine experimental data in light of numerical results

  • Generate reduced order models capturing salient phenomena

  • Create new designs to increase performance and resolve technical problems

  • Develop new simulation tools as needed

  • Create CAD models using SolidWorks

  • Summarize key findings in written documents and slides

As a Stress Analysis Engineer, you will be joining the Materials and Microsystems Laboratory. Our mission is to push the frontiers of materials, structures and devices, with current projects spanning from formulating new materials for additive manufacturing to structure optimization for hypersonic vehicles. Opportunities abound for a self-driven and creative Stress Analysis Engineer to grow within our group. With more experience, the candidate can grow into the role of a modeling expert supporting multiple projects with responsibilities including: writing patents, journal publications and proposals, and eventually managing research projects.

The candidate must have experience with Finite Element Analysis beyond coursework. The candidate should show demonstrated experience in debugging and trouble-shooting numerical simulations. Experience running non-linear, dynamic implicit/explicit simulations, with damage and failure is desired, as well as experience with automation routines. Design experience is highly desired. Experience with electronic band structure modeling is a plus. Experimental laboratory experience is a plus. The ideal candidate has creative problem solving skills, hands-on experience, and the ability to work effectively on a team as well as independently.

Knowledge of FEA and CAD is required. Knowledge of Abaqus and Solidworks software is highly desired. Knowledge of Python and other programming languages is desired. An understanding of brittle fracture is desired. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) are required.  

Must be able to work for extended periods while standing or sitting at a computer workstation. Must be sufficiently mobile to work within a laboratory environment. Have visual and hearing acuity, manual dexterity and good verbal and written skills. Ability to work independently is required.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (e.g. driver’s license special tools or restrictions): U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required. Ability to obtain a security clearance is a plus. 

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Malibu, CA, USA