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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
Deadline: open until fulfilled
Duration: 1 to 2 years
Position Start Date: As soon as possible According to mutual agreement
Spacecraft fragmentation is a chain of events occurring during the early stage of re-entry, when the spacecraft is flying in the rarefied/transitional regime. This consists in the breakup and separation of the weakest structural components of the vehicle and is known to be critical for the prediction of the footprint area of those spacecraft components that do not demise completely throughout the re-entry. Understanding and modeling fragmentation is considered of paramount importance to allow future spacecraft to comply with Design for Demise (D4D) regulations.
At VKI, we are involved in numerous activities that aim to improve the accuracy of the predicted demise behavior of space debris upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, VKI has recently been awarded by the European Space Agency with a research contract to design, implement, and validate a toolset for the analysis of the space-debris re-entry by means of high-fidelity simulation tools. The objective is to create an advanced design methodology to complement engineering tools in the design process of future spacecraft to ensure compliance with D4D guidelines.
In this context, the Direct Simulations Monte Carlo (DSMC) method has been selected to simulate the aerothermal environment surrounding the space debris in the early phase of its re-entry. In particular, the SPARTA code has been identified as the reference tool and its integration as a library in the toolset to be developed is foreseen as an efficient implementation strategy. Therefore, we are looking for an outstanding candidate who can perform the following tasks:
– A PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related field is required prior to appointment for this position.
The mission of VKI is to provide post-graduate education in fluid dynamics by encouraging “training in research through research.” VKI promotes fundamental research in the field of fluid dynamics in an international environment. The Aeronautics and Aerospace Department is focused, in particular, on activities at the edge of aerothermodynamics and aerothermochemistry technology and basic research. The Institute objective is to create an outstanding environment for creative research.
VKI does strictly adhere to the ethical standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ( https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter . Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. A strict equal opportunity, gender-neutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented.
How to apply
You will be required to upload a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant qualifications, CV, including a list of publications and the contact of two - three referees as part of your application. 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 and receive clearance from the Institute Board of Directors 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.