Research Associates, UTSI HORIZON Research Group

Tullahoma, TN

University of Tennessee Space Institute

Research Associate I or II Supporting Supersonic/Hypersonic Aerothermodynamic Experiments

The HORIZON research group at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is seeking 2 talented, self-motivated research associates to help advance and execute the group’s growing research portfolio focused on aerothermodynamics and aero-propulsion integration.

The position requires excellent technical capabilities, strong interpersonal skills to facilitate engagement with a diverse group of collaborators, sponsors and students, and the ability to execute multiple parallel projects.  Experience with instrumentation and experimental model design and fabrication is highly desirable.   Salary to be commensurate with requirements of the position and applicant’s experience. 

Founded in August 2014, the HORIZON research group at UTSI has rapidly developed a strong research portfolio exceeding $10M in externally sponsored efforts over the period of 2015-2022.  During this period the group has grown from a single Chaired Professor to a group of 17, including three tenured/tenure-track  and one research professor.  The group utilizes a moderate-scale Mach 2 blowdown tunnel and a very large Mach 4 Ludwieg Tube – with construction of a comparable Mach 7 Ludwieg Tube to complete in mid-2020.  Information regarding our team’s personnel, research efforts, facilities and enthusiasm for discovery and innovation supporting Aerospace & Defense can be found on our social media sites:

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is dedicated to graduate education and research, particularly in support of the Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC).   The institute is located in Tullahoma, TN just over an hour’s drive from Nashville, Chattanooga and Huntsville, AL and supports a significant number of students from AEDC, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and regional Aerospace and Defense industry.  

The UTSI campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, located on a peninsula surrounded by one of the regions many lakes.  Outdoor recreational opportunities abound, including outstanding hiking, camping, fishing and golf.

REQUIREMENTS: Successful applicants must be able to work in an environment conforming to ITAR requirements and have at least a B.S. in aerospace or mechanical engineering with wind tunnel experience – particularly in instrumentation and optical diagnostics. 

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with requirements of the position and applicant's experience.  Excellent benefit package including group health and life insurance; state employee or optional retirement plans; educational fee waivers; workers’ compensation; annual and sick leave; and numerous other University of Tennessee and state benefits programs. See for more information.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants must apply online through the UTSI Employment website ( Click on “External Applicants” in the left-hand column. Specify search criteria by entering Tullahoma in the Location box. Click on position to view job description and/or apply. External candidates must create a new account to apply. 

Potential candidates should attach to their online application an introductory letter, a CV, a short statement of professional interests and future goals, and the names of three references.

Screening of applicants will begin by August 17, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated hire date is September 2020.  Please direct any questions regarding this position to the University of Tennessee Space Institute Human Resources office by phone (931) 393-7226 or email

The University of Tennessee Space Institute is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

Posted: 07/24/2020