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Lethality Analyst


Business Analyst


Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States


Job Description:

The Electronic Warfare Division has an opening for a Lethality Analyst.

This is a technical engineering position to develop new methodologies to assess the lethality and survivability of weapons systems for the US Air Force. Work directly with the organizations developing the most advanced weapons systems in the world and assure their lethality and survivability. The Aerophysics group operates in a small team environment where individual creativity is rewarded and continuous learning is the norm. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach-Niceville area is home to world famous beaches and a relaxed ‘salt-life’ lifestyle.

Advance the state of the art in modeling weapons effectiveness by performing simulations of structural response to high speed impact/penetration and aerodynamic loading. Develop techniques to bring detailed physics modeling to the warfighter by creating fast running models. Work with actual blast test and arena test data to create improved models of warheads. Develop detailed models of adversary weapon systems to enable lethality assessments of present and future weapons systems.

Preferred candidates will have experience with LS-DYNA, Sierra, CTH, EPIC, or other equivalent codes (ABAQUS, ANSYS, etc.) To excel in this role, you will need to have a working knowledge solid mechanics, material thermodynamics, and material constitutive modeling, plus blast test experience.


Complexity: Develop innovative solutions for lethality and survivability problems utilizing existing government analysis codes and new codes being developed. Couple multiple codes to provide end to end lethality analysis.

Communication: Must communicate with Leidos aerodynamics personnel and interact daily with customers, team members and end users. Must develop a clear understanding of customer goals and objectives and shape work activities to satisfy them. Must present both verbal and written status on a regular basis, and prepare manuscripts for publication at technical conferences and for professional journals.

Knowledge: Experience with one of the following disciplines is required:

  • Experience utilizing of non-linear dynamic or thermal elastic analysis using at least one of the following: LS-DYNA, Sierra, CTH, EPIC, ABAQUS, ANSYS or similar.

  • Background in material science, strength of materials, and constitutive modeling.

  • Ability to transfer skills to other modeling domains such as CFD and FEA

Education: Requires a BS and 4+ years’ experience or a Master’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer, Structural or Material Science, or similar discipline and 2+ years.

Clearance: Must be a U.S. Citizen with active Secret clearance.

Desired Knowledge

  • Experience utilizing LS-DYNA or CTH on a program involving blast testing.

  • Experience in the pre and post conduct and analysis of blast and/or arena tests

  • Experience with design and analysis of conventional warheads.

  • Ability to run CFD, and FEA. Ability to couple aerodynamic and structural codes.

  • Familiarity with lethality simulation tools such as FATEPEN, PEELS, etc.

  • Experience with lethality frameworks such as MEVA and AJEM

  • Experience in structural vulnerability, survivability, hardening, lethality.

  • Programming experience using Matlab, Python, Fortran, or C++

TRAVEL: Attend technical reviews and professional conferences, estimated < 10%.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.