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Hydraulics Laboratory Manager

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 task order under a major federal contract, and we are identifying candidates who would be interested in working with us should we be awarded the task order.  At this stage, we are looking for a Hydraulics Laboratory Manager who will be responsible for the oversight of a state-of-the-art hydraulics laboratory at a government facility. The purpose of the laboratory is to “solve hydraulic and stream stability problems attendant to highways and to support highway engineers with design guidance and tools.”  The current focus areas of the laboratory include hydrology and extreme weather; highway drainage/pavement hydraulics; culvert hydraulics, bridge hydraulics; scour, steam stability, and scour protection; and coastal highways.


The laboratory manager will be responsible for overall scheduling of laboratory resources and day-to-day laboratory operations. The laboratory manager will also be responsible for ensuring that all equipment are in a state of good repair, equipment calibrations and annual maintenance requirements are upheld, and the laboratory safety plan is up-to-date. The laboratory manager will have experience working in a research laboratory environment with at least 5 years of laboratory management experience. This is a hands-on management position with functional responsibilities equivalent to that of a Research Engineer.  As a researcher, the candidate will identify challenges and opportunities in hydraulics engineering aimed at designing, constructing, monitoring, and protecting bridges from the actions of water and sediments.



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

  • 5 years of laboratory management experience in a research environment.

  • 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.

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

  • Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)/Computational Structural Mechanics (CSM) modelling.

  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills.

  • Excellent team and collaborative skills.

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

This anticipated position, which is contingent upon the task order 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 August 31, 2022.

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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