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Hydraulics Research Engineers

High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTech) is an infrastructure-centered firm focusing on practice, research, policy, and technology transfer.  HPTech was established in 2003 with the primary purpose of serving the U.S. federal government at their facilities and project sites.  Our uniqueness lies in our ability to integrate physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, planning, and policy when developing and delivering infrastructure solutions.

HPTech is currently pursuing a major federal contract, and we are identifying candidates who would be interested in working with us should we be awarded the contract.  The position is responsible for conducting a research program in hydraulics engineering related to transportation infrastructure in a state-of-the-art laboratory at a government facility.



  • Identify challenges and opportunities in hydraulics engineering aimed at designing, constructing, monitoring, and protecting bridges from the actions of water and sediments.

  • Develop detailed and comprehensive work plans for model testing or physical experiments.

  • Design experimental setups and special test apparatuses.

  • Design control/automation and data acquisition software for experimental setups and special test apparatuses.

  • Develop instrumentation plans.

  • Design, fabricate and test smart systems, such as 3D printing, robotics, and smart sensors, for hydraulics research.

  • Conduct advanced flow visualization using techniques such as Ultra-Sonic Doppler Velocimetry (UDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Volumetric PIV (VPIV), and Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV).

  • Conduct Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFD)/Computational Structural Mechanics (CSM) modelling.

  • Conduct physical experiments.

  • Participate in forensic investigations.

  • Write publication-ready research reports.

  • Write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Make presentations at conferences, seminars, workshops, and other professional meetings.

  • Participate in demonstration projects showcasing innovations in bridge hydraulics engineering.



  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Civil (Hydraulics), Mechatronics, or Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.

  • At least 5 years of related experience.

  • Experience in the use of general research software such as LabVIEW, Matlab, SoildWorks, Starr CCM+, LS-DYNA, Abaqus, and Beckhoff.

  • Experience in the use of latest software in bridge hydraulics.

  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills.

  • Excellent team and collaborative skills.

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration highly desirable.

These anticipated positions, which are contingent upon the contract award to HPTech, would be based in McLean, Virginia.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

For timely consideration, apply online by May 3, 2024.



HPTech is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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