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Development of a Multi-Disciplinary Simulation Framework for Aircraft Design

Starting date

1 October 2018

Duration of contract

3 years


According to the German TVöD 14

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

Airbus, ONERA, and DLR have started a cooperation that will focus on the development of new common Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) capabilities for flow prediction. The partners will deploy a strong common development and integration team with the capability to deliver tested and industry-ready code containing the latest state of the art features relevant to aeronautics. This advanced technology will play a key role in the development of new generation aircraft.

In this cooperation, the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology participates as a leading research institute in the field of aerodynamics/aeroacoustics of airplanes and aerothermodynamics of space vehicles. The C²A²S²E department focuses on the development of numerical methods and processes for aerodynamic aircraft design and analysis. In addition to the development of physical models for complex flows and cutting-edge solution algorithms, the customization of numerical methods for optimal efficiency on high-performance computer clusters is of particular importance to the department.

The objective of the work is to develop and implement methods/algorithms for multi-disciplinary simulations involving CFD and CSM (and potentially more disciplines) within the MDA/MDO framework FlowSimulator. In particular, the integration and extension of the unstructured next-generation CFD software currently being developed as part of the Airbus/Onera/DLR cooperation into this simulation framework is one focus.

Your main tasks:

  • development and implementation of coupling methods within the C++/Python-based  FlowSimulator  framework, where high-performance computing (HPC) aspects are critical
  • extension of this MDA/MDO framework towards the integration of the next-generation CFD software, this may also include extension of this CFD software (coded in C++11)
  • development and implementation of respective unit/integration software tests, including documentation
  • assessment of the developed functionalities by planning, running, and evaluation of representative simulations

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Aeronautical Engineering
  • extended programming skills in C++ and Python
  • knowledge in software engineering
  • knowledge in Computational Fluid Dynamics and/or Mechanics
  • knowledge in numerical methods
  • knowledge in parallel computing
  • knowledge on software quality, non-regression, verification and validation
  • very good communication skills in English and German
  • ability to work in a structured way both, independently and as part of 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. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Kroll
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology

Phone: +49 531 295-2440

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