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Research Assistant – Axial Compressors Aerodynamics

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal
Aantal jaren werkervaring:
0-2 jaar, 2-5 jaar

Functieomschrijving

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the von Karman Institute in the Department of Turbomachinery and Propulsion. The position is initially fixed-term for one or two years, that can be turned into a permanent position.

As part of a team investigating advanced technologies for future aero-engine turbomachinery, you will support the experimental research programs of the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Laboratory at the von Karman Institute. The research assistant will be responsible for the design, execution and management of measurement campaigns investigating the aerodynamics of state-of-art and forthcoming compressor technology.

The candidate will be responsible for the commissioning and use of the VKI turbomachinery test facilities such as the high speed closed-loop compressor rig R4 and the high-speed linear cascades CT2.

In particular, she or he will be responsible for the planning of the research objectives, the design of the test section, the definition of the experiments, the implementation of measurement techniques as well as the processing and analysis of the acquired data. Most of the research activities will use a combination of experiments and computational modelling.

The successful candidate is expected to organize the research data and report results and findings to colleagues and external research sponsors. The candidate is expected to contribute actively to the dissemination of her/his research findings through conference participation and peer-reviewed articles.

The candidate will also will mentor graduate students and PhD candidates involved in the research projects.

Functie-eisen

You will have a PhD in Mechanical, Aeronautical/Aerospace or related engineering field.
Experience is required in the field of experimental fluid dynamics. The successful applicant is familiar with experimental techniques for testing of turbomachinery. The job requires multitasking skills and predisposition towards teamwork while liaising closely with faculty, student and staff members.
A background in one of the following subjects is a valuable asset: turbomachinery flows, measurement techniques for wind tunnel testing, experimental data analysis and processing. Familiarity with optical techniques (laser techniques, infrared thermography, Schlieren) is also an asset. Knowledge and experience in turbomachinery CFD is an asset, but not a prerequisite. Fluent knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory.
Candidates are expected to be self-motivated, hardworking and team players. We ensure a high-level of interaction in a world-known international research center specialized in fluid dynamics for aerospace, environmental and propulsion applications.

Bedrijfsomschrijving

VKI is a non-profit international educational and scientific organisation, hosting three departments (aeronautics and aerospace, environmental and applied fluid dynamics, and turbomachinery & propulsion). It provides post-graduate education in fluid dynamics (Research Master in Fluid Dynamics (Master-after-master level), former "VKI Diploma Course", Doctoral Programme, Short Training Program and lecture series) and encourages "training in research through research". The von Karman Institute undertakes and promotes research in the field of fluid dynamics. Extensive research on experimental, computational and theoretical aspects of gas and liquid flows is carried out at the VKI under the direction of the faculty and research engineers, sponsored mainly by governmental and international agencies as well as industries.

The von Karman Institute organizes each year 8 to 12 one-week Lecture Series on specialized topics in the field of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application to aeronautics, space, turbomachinery, the environment and industrial fluid dynamics. These courses have gained over the years world wide recognition for their high quality which is the result of a careful choice of subjects of current interest and lecturers known for their excellency in that field and willing to co-operate in building up well-structured courses.

VKI has a permanent staff of approximately 106 persons, among them 29 research engineers and 18 professors. Besides the permanent staff about 190 students and temporary researchers are involved in the different academic programmes. Students involved in these programmes have been recently awarded numerous prestigious grants such as those provided by the Belgian agencies FNRS, FRIA, FWO and the European Union ERC and Marie-Curie.