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Wind Tunnel Engineer
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fac.Non-Tenured,Cont
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Wind Tunnel Engineer

Functional Title:

Wind Tunnel Engineer

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



ENGR-Aerospace Wind Tunnel

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Under guidance of the Director and Associate Director of the GLMWT, and in cooperation with other staff, take principal responsibility for all aspects of Wind Tunnel test operations, maintain knowledge of and implement continuous development of appropriate test methods, maintain liaison with users of the GLMWT and assist in test planning including scheduling. Act as a primary contact for coordination of users and University administration to expedite contract initiation and administration. Become familiar with and assist with all aspects of facility maintenance. Assist the team in planning the direction of laboratory initiatives and take a primary role in the implementation of adopted plans.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree – major should be Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering plus at least 4 years following the B.S. degree including at least 3 years doing wind tunnel experiments.

Or Master of Science degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering plus at least 1 year following the M.S. At least 2 years doing wind tunnel experiments of which 1 year can be during the degree studies.

Or Ph.D. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering with equivalent of 1 year doing wind tunnel experiments.

Knowledge of fluid mechanics, instrumentation, mechanical design and fabrication methods with a focus on experimental work is essential. Hands on capability in preparing programs for data acquisition and reduction is essential.

Must be knowledgeable in: aerodynamics, mechanical design, operation of apparatus used in aerodynamic investigations and other experimental equipment common in wind tunnels.

Must be skilled in interacting with staff including subordinates, peers, and superiors; skilled in interacting with all the public and customers of the laboratory as well as other members of the university community.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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