Job Description

Kitty Hawk Technologies, a growing service, technology, and manufacturing innovator, is seeking talented and motivated professionals to deliver lean and effective solutions to our government and industry partners. We have an immediate opening for a computational scientist to join our team. This position will provide an opportunity to develop the innovative technology that supports some of our nation’s most important defense initiatives. In addition to receiving a competitive salary and health benefits, the Computational Scientist will join a motivated, talented, and technically accomplished team. The employee will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.
Candidates must be results oriented and have the ability to work in a well-organized, logical and systematic manner. They will set clear objectives, monitor progress, take corrective action, and control performance levels to maintain high internal customer satisfaction. They will possess deep insight into customer requirements and will maintain the ability to ethically influence those requirements. They will be able to clearly define and clearly articulate compelling solutions and will require an ability to quickly assimilate and apply complex technical information.

This position requires academic and working knowledge of numerical methods for physics-based computing. Candidate will be expected to help support the maintenance and modernization of legacy codes while also developing new codes to support hypersonic modeling and simulation activities. Candidate must demonstrate a good understanding of fluid flow, thermal, and structural mechanics. Development in a parallel computing environment and Linux systems is required.

Candidate is not expected to be a seasoned expert in computational science but should have some experience from which to build upon. Kitty Hawk Technologies is a growing small business that will provide a broad range of opportunties for growth. The candidate will interact with analysts, atmospheric scientists, ground testers and flight testers to help in modeling risk to flight systems. A willingness to expand outside the candidate’s core knowledge area and explore solutions in a research and development setting is critical. Future technologies for research will include, but are not limited to: maching learning, Raspberry Pi development, big data analysis.

The candidate will be responsible for communicating with internal and external (government) customers about the importance and meaning of modeling and simulation to their needs. Participation on proposals will be expected. Candidates that are able to write their own proposal will have greater opportunities for growth of their own teams, if desired. Good oral, written, and presentation skills are a must in this position.


Kitty Hawk Technologies is seeking a computational scientist with a Master's degree or PhD for this position. Candidates Master's degree must show a demonstrated history of physics-based software development Candidates with a PhD and 0 years of experience will be considered with a relevant dissertation topic.

Key requirements for this position include, but is not limited to:

-Understanding the fundamental physics of fluid flow, thermal, and structural mechanics
-Knowledge of numerical methods for scientific computing
-Understanding of Linux systems
-Parallel computing experience
-Highly motivated individual able to work both independently and in team settings
-The ability to think creatively and generate solutions to challenging problems
-Good written, presentation, and oral communication skills

Additional skills a plus
-Uncertainty quantification
-Software configuration managent or V&V
-Knowledge in material science or chemistry
-Project management

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