Research Engineer – Experimental aerodynamics of aero-engine turbines

Department Turbomachinery and Propulsion
Deadline Dec. 31, 2019

Job description

We are seeking a full-time Research Engineer to join the von Karman Institute in the Department of Turbomachinery and Propulsion. The position is initially a fixed-term for one year, that could be turned into a permanent position at the end of the first year.

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 Engineer will be responsible for the design, execution and management of a measurement test campaign for the investigation of the aerodynamics of novel turbine designs enabled by advanced additive manufacturing techniques. The project will experimentally study several turbine geometries in a low-speed linear cascade using state-of-art intrusive and optical measurement techniques. The final goal of the research is to quantify the performance benefits brought by the new designs and unveil the flow physics behind these improvements.

As the technical leader of this project, you will be responsible for:

  • Project planning and management,

  • design of the experiments,

  • part and instrumentation procurement,

  • rig upgrade operations,

  • development and implementation of measurement techniques,

  • processing and analysis of all measurement data.

The successful candidate is also expected to organize the research data and report results and findings to colleagues and external research sponsors. You are expected to contribute actively to the dissemination of the research findings through conference participation and peer-reviewed articles. The candidate will also mentor graduate and post-graduate students involved in the research project.


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, capability to work under tight deadlines, 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 such as PIV and/or LDV) is also an asset. Knowledge and experience in turbomachinery CFD is an asset, but not a requisite. 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.

Working conditions

The appointment is fixed-term for 1 year with possibility to turn the assignment into a permanent position. The salary and benefits are dependent on skills and experience. We maintain a very friendly and international working environment, which will provide easy adaptation for the selected applicant.

Selection process

You will be required to upload a covering letter, CV, publication list and the contact of two referees as part of your application.

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.

Further information on the position and informal enquiries may be addressed to Assistant Professor Sergio Lavagnoli (

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