Research Scientist in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-08
Req: R0005375

ROMAC Research Scientist Job Posting (Analysis)

The Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia has an opening for a Research Scientist. ROMAC is an industrial research consortium which performs research in a broad range of application areas related to turbomachinery.  The individual will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, graduate students and research professionals.

The focus of the position is research on rotating machinery – focusing specifically on fluid-film bearings, seals, rotordynamic modeling and analysis. The successful candidate will supervise and/or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, students, and others executing projects and activities supporting the Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory (ROMAC) in the department.  Duties include: i) leading the development of new computational methods based on a combination of commercial software and in-house development software, and ii) contributing to the direction of graduate student research activities.  The successful candidate will interact with faculty, students, research professionals and representatives from the ROMAC member companies.  The successful candidate will also be expected to attend professional meetings, give presentations at conferences as well as at ROMAC’s Annual meeting, publish journal articles, and develop funding proposals.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A PhD in mechanical engineering or a closely related field with a strong background and experience with turbomachinery is required.  Knowledge and experience in specific subjects such as rotor dynamics, bearings, seals, and computational modeling of rotating machinery is required. Industrially relevant experience in the field of turbomachinery, particularly in the areas of fluid-film bearings, seals and rotordynamic system modeling and analysis is highly desirable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page letter of research interest, and the contact information for three professional references.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on May 22, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is an initial one-year appointment; however, it is anticipated the appointment being renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For additional information about the position, please contact Houston Wood, Professor, at [email protected]   

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

For more information on the benefits available to research scientists at UVA, visit

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Posted: 4/23/2019
Application Due: 3/18/2020
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