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Open Faculty Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Department     Aeronautics and Aerospace
Deadline     April 24, 2015


The Department of Aeronautics and Aerospace at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics is hiring for a full-time academic position in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics with applications to aerospace engineering. Our intention is that the position will be offered at the assistant professor rank with a starting date of October 2015, but outstanding candidates at the rank of associate professor (6 years of recognized professional leadership experience in aerospace research) will be considered.

The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics provides post-graduate education in fluid dynamics by encouraging “training in research through research” in an international environment. The von Karman Institute promotes creative research in the field of fluid dynamics. The Aeronautics and Aerospace Department is focused, in particular, on activities at the edge of aerospace technology and basic research in strong collaboration with space and defense agencies as well as industrial partners.

The successful candidate will propose innovative courses and will conduct research on the development of numerical simulation tools and methods in fluid mechanics, and on their application to aeronautics and aerospace, including verification and validation. The candidate will develop a funded research program in close collaboration with the other research units of the department. Areas of particular relevance include:

  • Numerical methods for simulation of hypersonic reentry flows and aerothermodynamics.
  • Development of innovative algorithms for CFD and HPC: higher order methods, error estimation, adaptive meshing, uncertainty quantification, parallel computing, GPU’s, exascale computing.
  • Advanced turbulence modeling for aeronautical and space applications.
  • Interdisciplinary CFD: multiphase flows, fluid-structure interaction, optimization and design, conjugate heat transfer.
  • Simulation and optimization of external aerodynamical flows related to aircraft or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Potential candidates are invited to visit the department website for more information about our research activities.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree on a subject relevant to aerospace engineering, with emphasis on numerical simulation. They will demonstrate an international scientific experience, the ability to pursue a program of innovative research and a strong commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the master-after-master level and to build and lead a team of graduate students in Ph.D. research.


Applications should include your individual information, a resume, a list of publications, a one page statement of research vision and a one page statement of teaching interests here and the names of three references here.

Please submit these materials as PDF file labeled "VKI_AR_Search_LastName_FirstName_TypeOfFile".

If you have not received confirmation of receipt of your application within one week or would like additional information, please contact Professor Olivier Chazot (chazot@vki.ac.be).

Application should be done through our online application system: https://jobs.vki.ac.be

Last updated: May 19, 2015