Operations Manager, Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

  • Contract
  • USA
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Salary: USD$50,000 - 70,000
  • 2 year full time contract

Company Details

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 MANAGERAeronautics 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.

Job Requirements

  • 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.

Tagged as: aerodynamics, Wind Tunnel Testing

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