Thermal Sciences Associate (Ph.D.)

at Exponent in Warrenville, Illinois, United States

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Thermal Sciences Associate (Ph.D.)




Thermal Sciences  

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About Exponent


Exponent is the only premium engineering and scientific consulting firm with the depth and breadth of expertise to solve our clients' most profoundly unique, unprecedented, and urgent challenges.
We are committed to engaging multidisciplinary teams of science, engineering, and regulatory experts to empower our clients with solutions that create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world. For over five decades, we've connected the lessons of past failures with tomorrow's solutions to advise clients as they innovate technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.
Join our team of experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities and extensive experience spanning a variety of industries. At Exponent, you'll contribute to the diverse pool of ideas, talents, backgrounds, and experiences that drives our collaborative teamwork and breakthrough insights. Plus, we help you grow your career through mentoring, sponsorship, and a culture of learning. Thanks for your interest in joining our team!
Key statistics:
950+ Consultants
640+ Ph.D.s
90+ Disciplines
30+ Offices globally


Our Opportunity


We are currently seeking a Thermal Sciences Associate - Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Fire Protection Engineer for our Thermal Sciences Practice in Warrenville, IL. In this role, you will be responsible for participating in and leading the investigation and analysis of failures including structures, vehicle and wildland fires, explosions, industrial processes and equipment, combustion systems, consumer products, appliances, and automobiles.


You will be responsible for


Performing engineering calculations and analysis
Evaluating the performance of mechanical and safety systems
Utilizing computational techniques such as CFD
Conducting field work and data collection
Conducting laboratory testing and assessments
Planning and executing experimental test programs
Conducting laboratory assessments of material flammability
Performing engineering calculations and analysis
Conducting fieldwork
Preparing proposals and technical reports, and presenting findings to clients
Project work may require travel (within and outside of the U.S.)


You will have the following skills and qualifications


Ph.D. in Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Fire Protection Engineering (or a related field)
Strong technical background in thermodynamics, reaction kineatics, heat transfer, unit operations, fluid mechanics, and combustion
Experience developing and implementing combustion and fire models
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Team player capable of working in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to balance multiple competing tasks and demands
Strong desire and ability to tackle a wide variety of problems within and outside their direct area of expertise
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with commercial CFD programs such as ANSYS Fluent, StarCCM+ and fire modeling tools
Hands-on experience in executing experimental programs
Hands-on experience in fire protection system design, installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance is a plus
Prior experience with prescriptive and/or performance-based analysis and application of NFPA and ICC codes and standards is a plus
Strong desire and ability to tackle a wide variety of problems within and outside direct area of expertise
Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].


Life @ Exponent


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Attracting, inspiring, developing, and rewarding exceptional people with diverse backgrounds and expertise are central to our corporate culture. Our diverse team 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.


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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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Job Posting: 11826843

Posted On: Apr 12, 2024

Updated On: May 12, 2024

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