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PhD Thermal Sciences Associate/Engineer, Batteries (5380)

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve the most pressing and complicated challenges facing stakeholders today. Our vision is to engage the brightest scientists and engineers to empower clients with solutions for a safe, healthy, sustainable and technologically complex world. We leverage over 50 years of experience in analyzing accidents and failures to advise clients as they innovate their technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability. 

We offer opportunities for you to expand your engineering or scientific knowledge amidst experts from top programs at over 500 universities. At Exponent, you will apply your experience, technical skills, and prior academic research to a fulfilling career in consulting. You will have the opportunity to develop continuously through formal and informal development programs, coaching and mentoring, and involvement in a wide array of projects. We are excited about your interest in joining our growing team!

Key statistics:
  • 1100+ Team members
  • 900+ Consultants
  • 550+ Ph.D.s
  • 30+ Offices globally

We are currently seeking a Thermal Sciences Associate/Engineer for our Thermal Sciences Practice in Natick, MA. In this role, you will work as part of a team to perform failure analysis and provide design support for complex problems involving fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transport, combustion, and thermodynamics. Applications will span many industries including oil and gas, aerospace, consumer electronics, power generation and distribution, batteries, and medical devices, among others. Specific duties will include conducting computational fluid dynamic analyses, developing custom analysis codes, planning and executing experimental test programs, conducting fieldwork and inspections, preparing proposals and technical reports, presenting to clients, and starting the process of developing new clients.

You will be responsible for:
  • Fluid flow analysis (including CFD)
  • Heat transfer and thermodynamics analysis
  • Failure analysis
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) investigations
  • Thermal design analysis including electronics thermal management
  • Heating and cooling equipment design and operation review
  • Technology development design support
  • Gas dispersion analysis

You will have the following skills and qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering
  • Strong technical background in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience developing and using computational fluid dynamics codes preferred

To learn more about life at Exponent and our impact, please visit the following links. 

We value and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion across all facets of our firm. Having a team built of people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.

Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.

Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

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