PhD position in passive control of cross-flow by means of small discrete roughness element (ITN / EU)

Department Aeronautics and Aerospace
Deadline May 7, 2021

Job opportunities

linkedin Instagram YouTube

Careers at the von Karman Institute: Construct the future together!

For 65 years as international center of excellence in fluid dynamics, the von Karman Institute brings together young engineers and scientists from all over the world to study, improve their skills and perform their research.

Construct the future together! Besides its mission of education, the von Karman Institute gathers the top-level scientists and engineers to work on very challenging projects as the next generation of engines, new propulsion concepts, the new green energy, the safety of industry, solutions for a cleaner space, the Mission to Mars and many other fields of research which can make the difference for the human kind. Those scientists have access to more than 50 wind tunnels and test rigs, some of them unique in the world to help them in their projects.

VKI is a team of people looking in the same direction, for a better future, not only scientists and engineers but also students, PhD candidates, PostDocs, IT, Human Resources, accountants, librarians, designers and technicians and more....

“A scientist studies what is, whereas an engineer creates what never was“, Théodore von Kármán

PhD position in passive control of cross-flow by means of small discrete roughness element

Duration: 3 years, full-time

Deadline Submission: 16 April 2021

The project SSECOID (Stability and Sensitivity Methods for Flow Control and Industrial Design) ITN offers 15 positions for Early Stage Researchers.

About the SSECOID

SSECOID is Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the EU under program the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 955923. SSECOID consists of 11 host institutions (employing Early Stage Researchers) and 4 partner organizations (offering secondments and training) from seven different countries (Spain, UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, United States), and from both sectors - academic and industrial. Early Stage Researchers employed within the project will undertake individual research projects leading to PhD degree at one of the host institutions. In addition, all the Early Stage Researchers will benefit from network’s training program.

The positions offered are based at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) – Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium. The subject of the PhD is: Passive control of cross-flow by means of small discrete roughness element. (ESR10)

The fellow will work in establishing a numerical procedure to analyze the effect of three-dimensional roughness in relevant configuration at both low and high Mach number. The tool will be used to predict the effect of the roughness on the boundary-layer stability .


Applicants must be in his/her first 4 years of his/her research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The 4 years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate.

Good mathematical background and basic numerical algorithm is required. Good programming skills are required in at least one of the following languages: fortran, c, c++, matlab, python. Experience in numerical methods (preferably finite element method, finite volume method and pseudo-spectral methods) is a plus. Experience or development of simulation tools for fluid dynamics or other discipline is highly appreciated

The candidates are expected to:

- have a very good knowledge of English (spoken and written);

- be team players;

- be able to work independently, accurately and methodically;

- should be willing to present research findings at national and international conferences and publish in international journals.


Employed for 36 months by the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in one of the most attractive areas of central Europe in the neighborhood of Brussels.

Work at the internationally renowned von Karman Institute in a key role advancing technologies for future energy systems;

Work in close collaboration with leading environmental companies as well as other industries;

Become part of the VKI network with global access to industry experts and academics in the field of fluid dynamics, aerospace, propulsion, and energy conversion;

Experience the unique international workshop character of the VKI working environment.

Access to specialized seminars and lecture series and to world-unique facilities

The salary level will be according to Marie Curie Sklodowska call rules, including family allowance (when applicable). All contracts will include Social Security coverage and benefits according to national laws.


Candidates can be of any nationality. The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country of employment (see individual positions below) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

Applicants must be in his/her first 4 years of his/her research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The 4 years are counted from the date a degree which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate was obtained.

VKI does strictly adhere to the ethical standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ( . Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. A strict equal opportunity, gender-neutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented.

Contact information

For further information, please contact Dr. Fabio Pinna by phone (+32 2 3599 763)

How to apply

Applications must contain a CV, motivation letter, publication list, contact information of two referees, copy of the Degree and Master title (when applicable). CV must clearly indicate the exact dates of (1) each position hold in the past, and (2) countries of residence in the last 5 years.

All the fields (including pdf files and references) should be filled in to allow you to confirm your application. Only full applications will be taken into account. Please do not use white spaces or special characters to name your files. If you have not received a confirmation email it means that you have not fulfilled all required fields.

Short-listed candidates are called for an interview with the search committee at the von Karman Institute. The selected candidate must comply with the internal procedures of the von Karman Institute before she or he can begin to work. The von Karman Institute reserves the right not to appoint a candidate if no suitable candidate is found.

Apply for