PhD position

Robust Design of a Shock Bump for Natural Laminar Flow over a Wing

Starting date

autumn 2017

Duration of contract

36 months


according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers

Your mission:

Applications are invited for a 36 month Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position within the UTOPIAE Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Training Network, to work on robust design of a shock bump for natural laminar flow over a wing. Additional information is available from UTOPIAE (Uncertainty Treatment and OPtimisation In Aerospace Engineering.

The position opened at DLR’s Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology in Braunschweig is aimed at robust design of a shock bump for natural laminar flow over a wing. The objective is to further develop and use robust and reliability-based optimisation techniques to design a shock bump that is less sensitive to small random changes in onflow conditions (operational conditions) and geometrical uncertainties, like manufacturing tolerances or degradation, in order to maintain natural laminar flow (NLF).

Applicants are required to meet Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. You can be of any nationality but must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to commencing in the role, and you must not have been awarded a Doctoral Degree. Applicants must be in the first four years of their research career. A more detailed summary of the eligibility criteria can be found here.

The successful candidate will receive a financial package consisting of a living allowance, a family allowance (where applicable) and a mobility allowance, according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).

Planned Secondments: INRIA and Airbus

All applications should be emailed (please mention our job offer ESR15 in the subject) to by Sunday, 16 April 2017


Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering or the natural sciences with a specialization in aerospace engineering, scientific computing or mathematics
  • Aerospace Engineering degree (preferably with a focus on Fluid Mechanics)
  • good knowledge and experience of numerical methods/computational fluid mechanics is desirable
  • programming skills: C, C++, Fortran, or Python
  • background on statistical methods
  • ideally experience in deterministic optimization and/or stochastic optimisation
  • preferably previous experience in using or implementing surrogate models and/or reduced-order models
  • previous experience in using CFD codes is welcome
  • ideally knowledge of aircraft aerodynamics
  • good command of English, both oral and written
  • good ability to work in a team

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

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Dr. Stefan Görtz
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology

Phone: +49 531 295-3357

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