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Senior Computational Research Scientist

The Applied Electromagnetics Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) in Dayton, OH is seeking a talented and team-oriented Senior Computational Research Scientist to provide innovative solutions to advanced and complex physical problems. The successful candidate will perform R&D of advanced numerical algorithms in computational electromagnetics (CEM), computational acoustics, and computational fluid dynamics. The candidate will also participate V&V activities for CREATE-RF SENTRi and provide support in code development and improvement (e.g., new EM features, GUI, and post processing capabilities). A working proficiency with Python, FORTRAN, and C/C++ in a Linux/Unix environment is required to work with numerical software. Experience with source code version control tools such as Git and continuous software integration such as GitLab is preferred. The candidate will require experience running large-scale parallel first principles EM codes; this experience should be broad-based and include finite element and boundary integral equations.

What you’ll do as a Senior Computational Research Scientist:
• Lead or participate in computational projects, validation and verification, and R&D efforts.
• R&D/implementation of optimization algorithms
• Apply TensorFlow and PyTorch Deep Learning Tools for pattern recognition
• Work with a unique group of highly skilled and experienced mathematicians, physicists, RF/antennas engineers, and computer scientists to solve complex, large-scale computational problems in electromagnetics and related fields.

Requirements for a Senior Computational Research Scientist:
• BS in EE or Computational Physics and seven to nine years’ experience.
• MS in EE or Computational Physics and five to seven years’ experience.
• Experience in data analysis using statistical methods and grid computing.
• Understand the physics of the problem to be solved.
• Proactive, problem-solving mentality
• Communication skills: ability to clearly articulate progress or tasks in technical reports and develop technical presentations.
• The ability to work and collaborate with other engineers and scientists.
• Requires little supervision in developing a milestone schedule or work plan to achieve the final task objectives in a timely manner.
• Participate in developing and writing proposals.

Preferences for a Senior Computational Research Scientist:
• PhD in EE or Computational Electromagnetics (4-6 years’ experience)
• Working knowledge of C/C++, Python, and Linux.
• Some experience with grid computing, parallel processing and high-performance computers (HPC)
• Some experience with machine learning methods

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1600 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Applicants should apply at for the Senior Computational Research Scientist position, Job Code: SENIO005990. 

• 7 - 9 years: BS in EE or Computational Physics

• 4 - 6 years: PhD in EE or Computational Electromagnetics
• 5 - 7 years: MS in EE or Computational Physics

• Bachelor of Science or better in Electrical Engineering or related field

• Master of Science or better in Computational Physics or related field

Licenses & Certifications
• Secret Clearance

• Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

• Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
• Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
• Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

• Work-Life Balance: Inspired to perform well by having ample time to pursue work and interests outside of work
• Entrepreneurial Spirit: Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business
• Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
• Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)