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Structural Research Engineer

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 a Structural Research Engineer who would be interested in working with us should we be awarded the task order.  The position is responsible for conducting, leading, and managing a research program in bridge engineering with a focus on structural steel, concrete, composites, and other materials as used in the design, rating, and construction of bridges.



  • Identify challenges and opportunities in the materials, design, and construction of bridges aimed at designing and constructing bridges that are safer, economical, and longer-lasting.

  • Develop large-scale detailed and comprehensive experimental plans.  These experiments may simulate full-scale structural elements of a bridge superstructure or substructure in the laboratory.

  • Develop instrumentation plans including a variety of data acquisition systems and sensors such as strain gauges, accelerometers, tiltmeters, potentiometers, linear variable differential transducers, extensometers, and load cells.

  • Setup and conduct large-scale experimental tests involving operation of closed-loop servo-valve controlled hydraulic systems.  The structural elements or systems may be tested up to their failure point.

  • Conduct material property tests on materials used in the experiments, which may be steel, concrete, composites, or other materials.

  • Monitor experiments and systematically acquire data, which may continue for weeks or months.

  • Compare experimental data with analytical models.

  • Participate in developing recommendations for specification and standard setting organizations, like AASHTO and ASTM, to update and revise their specifications and standards, based on the findings of research.

  • Participate in forensic investigations utilizing metallography, fractography, petrography, image analysis, and other techniques.

  • 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 materials, design, and construction of bridges.



  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Civil, Mechanical, Structural, or Bridge Engineering.

  • 5 years of related experience.

  • Experience in the use of latest software in the design, analysis, and modeling of bridges, including finite element modeling (FEM).

  • 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 19, 2022 at:

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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