Senior Research Scientist-Fire Protection Experimentalist

Job ID
# Positions
Work Location
Works from an office location
Employee Type
Research - Research Scientist

Overview - External

FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.


FM Global Research is the driving force behind our property loss-prevention engineering and understanding of the hazards our clients face. FM Global has been the leader in property loss-prevention research for more than 175 years.


As part of our research department, you’ll work alongside other researchers and independently to understand emerging property loss-prevention hazards, quantify real-world scenarios, and develop new ways to protect against today’s property-loss threats. You’ll also work on implementation, evaluation, and development of techniques—including computer models and experiments—and present your findings to make strategic and beneficial advancements in risk mitigation.

Responsibilities - External

The purpose of this position is to develop new scientific knowledge, engineering technologies, and engineering solutions to problems in fire protection, which can be used and applied by FM Global for mitigating industrial property loss.


The primary responsibility of the position in FM Global is to plan, conduct, analyze and communicate results of research projects in support of the critical business needs of FM Global. The research projects are typically internally-funded in the areas of fluid dynamics, flammability of materials, combustion, flame spread, fire suppression and extinguishment, and heat transfer from fires. Key areas of research include understanding of fire growth and suppression behavior at laboratory and large scales, and developing cost-effective fire protection solutions. The experimental, theoretical and numerical studies will be closely integrated with large-scale fire testing and suppression research within the working group and with collaborative fire model development and validation. Additional components consist of performing focused studies and conveying their results in a form suitable for use by FM Global engineers. Long-range strategic studies of fundamental nature will be balanced with applied research focused on critical business needs.


The position is responsible for all aspects of project management including project proposal, execution, budget, data analysis and documentation. In addition, the position is responsible for communicating and transferring research results for practical use within FM Global and, as appropriate, to outside organizations including the scientific/engineering communities and standard organizations. The position also acts as a consultant to FM Global business units as well as to insured clients.

Qualifications - External

The position requires a Ph.D. degree with a strong experimental background in Mechanical, Chemical, Aerospace Engineering, or related fields.


The candidate should have good fundamental understanding of combustion, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and applied mathematics, as well as extensive experiences in experimental methods in thermal fluids, combustion and fire.


The candidate should also have clear understanding of associated numerical methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated expertise in developing solutions to challenging technical problems.


Title and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.