Bennett Aerospace

Experimental and Structural Dynamics Researcher

Job Locations US-MD-Adelphi
Posted Date 11 months ago(4/13/2017 4:32 PM)
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About Us:


Bennett Aerospace, Inc. is located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.  Established in 2008, we are a woman owned, veteran owned, certified 8(a) small business that provides scientific, engineering, and technical advisory services to our customers. Primarily focused on Federal Government clients in general, and the Department of Defense in particular, Bennett Aerospace provides expert guidance and advice on the full spectrum of R&D and its applications in engineering, science, medicine, and IT, as well as providing strategic programmatic support in order to meet customer goals and objectives.  Bennett Aerospace is a rapidly growing business focused on hiring and retaining the best people.


 Bennett AerospaceInc. has an *immediate* opening for a highly motivated Experimental and Structural Dynamics Researcher in support of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Ballistic Structures and Launch Dynamics Branch.  The position will be based at ARL Adelphi Learning Center (ALC) in Adelphi, MD.  This location may change to the Aberdeen Providing Grounds in the near future as the testing facility and laboratory may be relocated. The successful candidate will specialize in the research and specializing in the science, engineering and operation of dynamic test equipment, such as the use of air guns and shock tables to produce controlled high-g events.


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Job Description:


This position consists of requirements that are twofold. These requirements include:


(a) conduct experiment setup as well as applicable pre-test and post-test procedures on the air gun systems to ensure experiments are conducted according to technical and programmatic requirements, which will be provided as GFI;

(b) utilize computational mechanics tools such as the finite element method to supplement the dynamic experimental efforts and provide a fundamental understanding of the response of structures subjected to high-g environments.


Support tasks are complex and require the application of advanced physics and engineering principals.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to:


  • Conduct non-explosive air gun crush tests/techniques to experimentally simulate gun launch effects.
  • Interpret experimental requirements to define appropriate specifications for and use of mechanical mitigators, sensors, data acquisition systems, and data analysis techniques.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot instrumentation, sensors and data acquisition systems used in air gun experiments.
  • Execute experiments at ARL experimental facilities, other government agencies, contractor sites, and academic sites.
  • Investigate and define specifications for sensors and data acquisition systems. 
  • Coordinate and prepare materials and equipment for use at ARL experimental facilities as required to conduct and support experiments.
  • Operate experimental instrumentation, e.g., oscilloscopes, data acquisition systems, and various piezoelectric transducers.
  • Utilize computational mechanics tools to develop models of structures to understand their response under a high-g loading environment.
  • Research the loading elements of a ballistic launch and simulate them numerically with laboratory experimental validation.
  • Prepare and/or present presentations and written documents summarizing efforts in Government format for Form 1 approval (process of instruction provided by COR as GFI). Upon TO COR request, Contractor personnel shall present the information to the ARL staff, universities, private corporations, research institutes, national laboratories, or other Government research centers.



  • Scientist/Engineer
  • Engineering or physical science degree

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science OR a Masters and five years of experience OR a recent graduated Ph.D.
  • Experience as Scientist and/or Engineer
  • Knowledge of solid mechanics, continuum mechanics, wave propagation, damage mechanics, numerical and analytical structural analysis methods and techniques.

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel for training as well as customer support is as needed, but not to exceed 1 week per month.


Security Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain a US Government security clearance
  • Current clearance is required


  • Competitive market-based salary, commensurate with experience and education
  • Comprehensive benefits package available


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


About our client, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL):

For more than 50 years, in laboratories belonging to the Army Materiel Command (AMC) and their antecedents in the Technical Corps, civilians have conducted the great majority of the Army's basic science programs, whether as in-house scientists and engineers or as contractors in private industry and academia. Among their many successes, these civilians helped develop the proximity fuse; worked to develop ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer; grew some of the first synthetic large quartz crystals; and developed the titanium alloy T1-6A1-4V. Currently, ARL scientists and engineers are pioneering research in such areas as neuroergonomics, energetic materials and propulsion, individual warfighter protection, energy science, electronics technologies, network sciences, virtual interfaces and synthetic environments and autonomous systems

ARL continues reaching out to "partner" with leading researchers in industry and academia, while it is also reaching out to the active Army to ensure that programs produce advanced technologies that support Soldiers in the field today - and in the future

National defense is one of the most critical duties performed by the federal government for the American people. Cutting-edge technology research and development offer incredible potential to improve the Army's chances of surviving and winning any future conflicts. ARL, as the Army's corporate or central laboratory for combat materiel, will play a constructive, key role in the national defense as it executes its strategies to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.



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