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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Efficient and Novel Thermal Management Approaches


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Control, Power and Thermal Management Division

RO# Location
13.30.10.B7147 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Kirk L. Yerkes 937.255.6186


Efficient and effective heat acquisition, transport, storage, and rejection represent fundamental limitations for future dynamic high-power and high-energy missions for high-performance aerospace vehicles. Basic and applied heat-transfer and thermodynamic phenomena are examined theoretically and experimentally with emphasis on their adaptation to dynamic airborne power systems, electronic component thermal management, and high-energy component thermal management. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, nano and macroscale thermodynamics and thermophysics; single-phase, two-phase, and multiphase systems; novel working fluid approaches for low and high temperatures; novel heat-transfer devices; capillary and other augmented heat-transfer methods for variable gravity applications; novel thermophysical and heat-transfer phenomena characterization; unsteady heat transfer in pulsed and transient-phase change processes; electronic component temperature control; and the solution of the conjugate problem associated with packaging configurations for SiC-based power electronic devices and applications.


Aerospace vehicles; Thermophysics; Heat transfer; Thermal management; Thermodynamic;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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