Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.
OPERATIONS MANAGER, Aeronautics and Astronautics-Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (WBWT), to join the new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, currently under construction on the MIT campus.
Planned uses include course labs, undergraduate/graduate research projects, and research and development projects by MIT and outside users.
Will support the WBWT director and be responsible for running the wind tunnel daily; oversee testing, research, and projects; ensure the operation runs smoothly and safely; and utilize routine and specialized techniques and coordinate multiple research projects simultaneously.
- developing and implementing test protocols and standard operating procedures;
- assisting outside users in test plan development, advising on experimental designs and applicability, and recommending solutions;
- supervising testing and training users in equipment operation;
- coordinating conflicting tunnel projects and managing tunnel time;
- preparing the lab for inspections; interacting with visitors and the press to showcase the wind tunnel;
- helping with the development and management of the revenue stream from outside users;
- collaborating on updating the WBWT webpage;
- managing expenditures, ensuring funds are spent in accordance with federal laws and budget guidelines;
- attending conferences to present WBWT research and work.
- bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in an aerodynamics-related field;
- at least four years’ wind tunnel testing experience, preferably in a large facility;
- experience and comfort interacting with culturally diverse academic leaders, students, and research sponsors;
- demonstrated commitment to diversity and serving diverse constituents;
- strong interpersonal, communication, administrative, and organizational skills;
- ability to set and manage competing priorities and choose the appropriate level of attention to details, and diagnose root causes of problems and conceive and implement effective solutions; and discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues.