What Happens in Research-Based Design

In past blogs, I discussed the incredible heat transfer challenges with cooling jet engines and gas turbines (“Heat Transfer from 35,000 feet”), and the great career paths we have at GE Global Research (“GE Leaders are Researchers Too”,). The field of gas turbine heat transfer is growing in importance, and as a result, we have a lot of job opportunities for talented individuals to come on board and help us solve these challenges.

When detailed design of a jet engine meets research

Our Aviation business traditionally owns detailed design of jet engine components, and my team traditionally owns research topics on new cooling, modeling, and measurements technologies. We are now forming a sub-team that will straddle both the Global Research and Aviation roles – some real design work, on our most challenging and advanced engines, with elements of our newest technologies. I am looking for five talented folks to join this hybrid team.

The design element is a little different than our traditional research positions, but I’m really excited by it. Most people we hire are brilliant researchers, but don’t have direct experience in turbomachinery heat transfer. By adding a real design element to the first several years of a researcher’s career, I expect that these folks will get smarter faster about what it takes to get technology into jet engines, enhancing their careers over the long haul.

Sound interesting to you? If so, here are the must-haves.

– An incredibly strong background in fundamentals of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, or related fields

– A very compelling research background. I’m not interested if your thesis or dissertation is just what your advisor told you to do…I want to know why was your work innovative? Why is it incredible important? What key decisions did you make…how did you LEAD your thesis or dissertation research?

– An incredible passion to tackle challenging problems and develop bold technologies, but especially passionate about getting those technologies onto real jet engines…fast.

Think you fit the mold so far? Here’s what you don’t have to have:

– Expertise in turbomachinery or gas turbine heat transfer. That’s definitely a bonus, but not a requirement. We can teach you that. Instead, I want to know that, in whatever fluid dynamic or heat transfer research you conducted, that you were the best-of-the-best…that you solved a challenging problem with excellent scientific insights and innovation.

– A background in heat transfer. The job heavily involves heat transfer, and specific experience in heat transfer is a bonus, but as long as you have a strong background in fluid dynamics, combustion, or a related fluids field, you will be a viable candidate.

Whether you are about to graduate from college, or have many years of experience, if you have an advanced degree in a relevant engineering discipline and think you will blow away my criteria above, then I want to hear from you. Click on the links below to check out the job postings and send in your resume.

Can’t wait to get you on our team!

Job Postings:

Mechanical Engineer-Thermal Systems

Lead Heat Transfer CFD Engineer 

Senior Heat Transfer Design Engineer

Lead Heat Transfer Design Engineer

Computational Heat Transfer Engineer

1 Comment


    I am so pleased to have the privilege to come across this post in your website. I have realised that all the job postings are taken, but I have a different application altogether. All my high school and college life, I have indulged myself in individual findings that majorly are based on conversion of different energies. This has led to my formulation of a scientific theory that I suppose should be researched further. I would like to join your team to explore my potential.