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Job #: R-00104376
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: No Remote
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

Leidos is looking for engineers with an Aerospace background to support our growing work in the Aerophysics Group.  These are technical engineering positions to develop models, perform numerical analysis, develop numerical tools, and support the design of high speed weapons systems.   Work directly with the organizations developing the most advanced weapons systems in the world in the high profile area of hypersonic weapons systems.  

The Aerophysics group operates in a small team environment where individual creativity is rewarded, and continuous learning is the norm.  Located at Eglin AFB, FL or King of Prussia, PA, have direct access to DOD personnel and work directly with the organizations developing the most advanced weapons systems in the world.  The Destin-Fort Walton Beach and surrounding area is home to world-famous beaches and the ‘salt life’ Emerald Cost lifestyle.

With opportunities for entry through chief engineer levels, these positions are a great match with aerospace engineers interested in positions in a variety of aerospace areas like the following:

Hypersonic Design Engineering

Specialize in developing engineering software for hypersonic concept generation and analysis. This includes fast-running aerothermal modeling, computational geometry and meshing, high-speed aerodynamic shape optimization, and system-level multi-objective optimization.

Research new design methodologies for hypersonic and high performance weapons systems. Develop novel analysis techniques in computational fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, heat transfer, and shape optimization, as well as coupled multiphysics analysis tools.  Develop software tools that push the envelope of today’s modeling and simulation capabilities.

Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineering

Technical engineering to support design and analysis of advanced missiles with state of the art control systems.  Modeling and Simulation of missile performance will be conducted which requires knowledge of missile systems, including the acquisition and tracking sensors, and missile propulsion, aerodynamics, GNC, and seeker performance.  You will have the opportunity to work directly with US Government and prime contractors on the development of an advanced air-to-air and counter-hypersonics missile system.  

Apply your prior aerospace modeling and simulation to design and analyze next generation missiles.  Use your ability to perform or support 6-DOF simulations to compare performance among various missile technologies and different system architectures.  Utilize standard metrics of missile performance to communicate the benefits of this missile to customer stakeholders

Computational Fluid Dynamic Engineering

Technical engineering performing computational fluid dynamics modeling and simulation for supersonic and hypersonic missiles.  The candidate will perform gridding, computational fluid dynamics simulations, gas dynamics calculations, flow visualization, and workflow programming, using both local and DoD Distributed Supercomputing Resource Centers for massive deployment and monitoring of solutions and harvesting of results.  These solutions will be used to generate multi-fidelity aerodynamic data and interfaced with computational structural dynamics models to advance research in fluid-thermal-structural interactions (FTSI) of high speed missiles. 

Required Experience Level:   Bachelor’s in engineering in Aerospace, Mechanical, or similar and 2+ years of relevant experience.  

Clearance:  Must be a U.S. Citizen with active Secret clearance.

Experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • CFD tools and analysis

  • Scripting to enable numerical codes to communicate and to run in a batch fashion (Python and C++)

  • Computational fluid dynamics for supersonic / hypersonic flows (CART3D or KESTREL preferred)

  • Numerical gridding (Pointwise or similar)

  • Post processing CFD data

  • Finite Element Analysis (ANSYS, Sierra Tools)

  • Operating on supercomputing clusters

  • Prior experience in system analysis and trade space analysis

  • Flight test planning of weapons systems

  • Python Scripting, Object Oriented Programming


  • ANSYS, LS-DYNA, Sierra Tool suite

  • Experience with Artificial Neural Nets (TensorFlow, MATLAB tools)

  • Solidworks or similar CAD experience


  • Preparation of flight test plan and/or range safety review

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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