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General Electric Principal Engineer - Thermal Management Systems - Aerospace Research in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

The Principal Engineer - Thermal Management Systems is a technical leader and innovator with demonstrated accomplishments in advanced thermal management systems technologies applied to aerospace subsystems and systems, including aircraft systems, avionics, gas turbines, and aerospace power generation. The Principal Engineer will partner with the leadership team and research community to drive technical strategy, build and deliver a portfolio of advanced thermal management and systems programs, and mentor team members while supporting the Aerospace business, government customers, and strategic partners.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Invent and develop thermal management system technologies for future aerospace applications

  • Establish, maintain, and grow strategic relationships with the GE businesses and external community in areas of need for the organization

  • Champion the team’s ideas with key stakeholders within GE Aerospace and externally to government agencies and partners

  • Develop and execute a portfolio of thermal management system programs; meeting deliverables, budgets, and schedules, while also contributing technically to projects

  • Contribute to an open environment and cross sharing of technology. Collaborate across disciplines and actively contribute to the GE Aerospace technical community

  • Provide technical guidance and development through effective coaching/mentoring

  • Represent and promote GE’s research in the global technical community

  • Drive continuous improvement through standard work, KPIs, and process improvements

  • Patent your inventions and develop a record of publication via conferences and peer reviewed journals


  • Master's Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 20 years of experience in thermal management, fluid-thermal systems, or closely related discipline.

  • Strong foundational knowledge in one or more relevant technical disciplines: energy systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, propulsion, systems engineering, and/or thermodynamics

  • Proven track record of promoting compliance and safety practices

  • Demonstrated impact, technical project leadership capability and ability to lead, build and energize cross-functional teams in high-impact technology

  • Demonstrated ability to influence at senior levels

  • U.S. Citizenship required

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at ( to be considered.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Doctorate in a relevant technical discipline and 15 years of relevant experience

  • 5 years of experience as a principal investigator leading complex projects with multidisciplinary teams

  • Be a change agent capable of influencing at all organizational levels

  • Strong ability to work in multi-business environment and develop technology synergy and roadmaps

  • Established network across the global thermal management and systems technical communities, including participation in relevant professional societies

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to inspire excellence and stimulate change

Due to the nature of the work done at Aviation Research, this role requires the individual to obtain and maintain US Government Security Clearance; prerequisite for a security clearance is U.S. citizenship. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

The salary range for this position is $130,000 - $240,000 USD annually. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location.

GE provides a comprehensive benefits package that provides access to plans which support the overall wellbeing of our employees and their dependents. These benefits include, but are not limited to, health care coverage (medical, dental, vision, pharmacy), a retirement plan that includes Company Retirement Savings and a 401K with Company matching, Life Insurance options, Disability coverage, paid time-off, EAP, and more.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes