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Extension of the CFD-Code CODA for Efficient Simulation of Incompressible Flows

Starting date

1 february 2020

Duration of contract

3 years


up 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

The C²A²S²E department develops numerical methods for multidisciplinary simulation and optimization of air vehicles. Besides physical modeling of complex flows and the development of modern numerical algorithms, our research activities cover the software-based integration of all relevant disciplines, the development of efficient optimization strategies as well as surrogate modeling based on higher fidelity methods.

The DLR hybrid computational fluid dynamics code TAU is developed by our department. TAU is routinely applied to a wide range of flows in industries, research institutes and academia. Currently, its successor, CODA, is designed and developed at our department in cooperation with Airbus and ONERA. The offered position focuses on scientific research and implementation work to extend the CFD code CODA for efficient simulation of incompressible flows. The challenge is to program a coupled, incompressible solver (the PDEs are solved as a coupled system of equations). A successful implementation of the coupled solver promises a high degree of novelty as incompressible solvers by default rely on the decoupling of PDEs. The coupled solution of the system of PDEs is preferred to foster synergies with the existing compressible solver in CODA.

A basic prototype of the coupled incompressible solver is available. The objective of the position is to further develop the prototype to obtain a validated and operational incompressible solver that is integrated into the productive software CODA. A successful implementation mandates expertise and experience in numerical methods, programming and software development.

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (Diploma/Master) in Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering (Aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or equivalent)
  • expertise in object-oriented programming languages (preferably C++)
  • expertise in numerical methods
  • expertise in the development, validation and/or coupling of CFD codes
  • experience in joint development of software
  • knowledge in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • very good English skills

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 places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. Cornelia Grabe
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology (IAS)

Phone: +49 551 709-2628

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