National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

Location: Hampton, Virginia,


The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has an opening for a Research Scientist to work in the general area of noise prediction of urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles, commonly referred to as air taxis.  The successful candidate will support research leading to the development of a capability for assessing the noise impact of a fleet of UAM vehicles operating in and around vertiports.  Research activities include, but are not limited to, development of a noise-power-distance (NPD) database for a set of UAM reference vehicles, assessment of noise impact of a fleet of UAM vehicles using the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), and optimization of flight operations taking noise into account as a constraint. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team located in the AeroAcoustics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia.


  • MS or equivalent in field of engineering or physical sciences

Desired skills:

  • PhD or equivalent in field of engineering or physical sciences.
  • Previous research in aeroacoustics

Interested candidates should apply via NIA’s career opportunities site located at under the ‘About NIA’ tab.  Please include a letter of introduction, resume, and the names and contact information of three current references.

NIA, located near NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to perform aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the nation, and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  Additional information about NIA and its research programs is available at

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NIA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited under Federal, State or local laws.


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