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Research Computer Scientist, AST - Computer Research and Development

NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia
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This position serves as a Research Computer Scientist in the Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch (AFESB), within the Engineering Directorate. The AFESB conceives, designs, assesses, and optimizes vehicle systems for entry, descent and landing (EDL) and trans-atmospheric flight at the Earth as well as the other planetary bodies of the solar system. In performing its mission, the branch leads the characterization of flight environments, predicts the flight mechanics necessary to generate trajectories for vehicle projects, and implements the engineering to integrate an entire vehicle system. The computational tools that are used for the various types of simulations generated by the branch are of a level of sophistication whereby there is a fulltime need for formal computer scientist expertise support.

The incumbent conducts research in the application of advanced high performance computing methods to EDL tools and interfaces with subject matter experts in the various disciplines of EDL. The work involves parallel programming, performance tuning of codes and scaling applications.

Research includes, but is not limited to, empirical and theoretical investigations with one or more of the following objectives: trade studies of HPC architectures, programming paradigms and advanced hardware (e.g. MPI, OpenMP, PGAS, GPUs, quantum computing, etc.); application of advanced HPC and algorithmic (including mathematical motif) approaches to EDL simulation methods (e.g. computational fluid dynamics, flight mechanics, structural/thermal modeling, vehicle systems analysis); presentation of results to the community-at-large; and documentation of results for archival literature.

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Dana P. Hammond,