NASA Langley Research Center

Location: Hampton, Virginia


The Structural Acoustics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia is seeking to fill a research position in acoustics. The candidate will join a team planning and executing community studies with NASA’s X-59 low-boom supersonic demonstrator aircraft. The team’s work will result in final test readiness for X-59 community overflights expected to start in 2023. The community response data and associated ground noise levels from these tests will be used to document public perception of low booms in communities around the country. These data are vital to support potential changes to FAA and ICAO rules that currently prohibit overland civil supersonic flight.

As a member of the community response team, the candidate will support important research in survey design, survey data collection methods, acoustic measurements, and analysis of acoustic measurements and community response from the X-59 overflights. This research position requires a thorough knowledge of acoustics, signal processing, and statistics. Familiarity with human response to transportation noise is desirable. Areas of work may include one or more of the following: contributing to community survey design and analysis; dose-response modeling; design of flight routes for the X-59 to produce desired sonic boom noise exposure; and, estimation of specific ground exposure levels based on measurements and predictions. The position will require interactions with numerous external partners to ensure the team develops survey and measurement methods acceptable to the international regulatory community. Computational, laboratory, and flight-testing capabilities at NASA will be used to support the team’s work.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have demonstrated success in a team-oriented research environment. The candidate must be able to clearly communicate research results at technical conferences and to non-technical audiences. Publication of research results is expected in this position, so the candidate must possess good writing skills.


  • BS, MS, or PhD degree or equivalent in field of engineering or physical sciences
  • Experience and/or training in acoustics and signal processing
  • Experience and/or training in statistical methods
  • S. citizenship

Desired skills:

  • Familiarity with human response to transportation noise sources
  • Familiarity with sonic boom propagation

Applications must be submitted online at

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