Research engineer/Project engineer: Aerothermal characterization of heat exchangers

Department Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics
Deadline June 17, 2022

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Job description

We are seeking a full-time Research Engineer/Project Engineer to join the von Karman Institute in the Department of the Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics.

The von Karman Institute is involved in a series of research activities related to the design and experimental assessment of heat exchangers in additive manufacturing as part of the thermal management system of the new generation of airplanes. As this activity is growing, the von Karman Institute is looking for a collaborator to work on the realization of two important research projects.

The first project is a collaboration between several companies and research centers in Wallonia with the objective of designing new air/oil heat exchangers which geometries will be deformed to better account for the inlet flow and general arrangement of the engine and oil system. Experiments at several pressure levels and Mach numbers are helping to ensure the proper ground-to-flight transposition.

The second project is part of SkyWin, the aerospace cluster of Wallonia, with the objective of designing and testing flow similarity using a heat exchanger in gas phase, in additive manufacturing as part of the thermal management system of the future generation of hydrogen-fueled airplanes.

In order to complete these projects successfully, the candidate will have to work in close collaboration with the drawing office, the technical team, the engineer team and the academic team of the institute.

In addition to these two projects, the collaborator would help further develop the expertise of the von Karman Institute in heat exchangers for aeronautics by disseminating his/her work in conferences and journal papers, but also help in writing new proposals as well as mentoring VKI students participating in these research activities.

Requirements and Qualifications

* You have a Ph.D. in Mechanical, Aeronautical/Aerospace or related engineering field. Alternatively, you bring relevant experience as a R&D engineer with a M.Sc. degree.

* Experience is required in the field of experimental fluid dynamics with application to heat exchangers including measurement techniques (thermocouples, pressure measurement, infrared thermography), data reduction techniques and data analytics.

* Ideally, you have become familiar with or you have specific interest in several of the following fields: numerical simulations of heat exchangers, heat exchanger design practices, additive manufacturing techniques

* You can work effectively in an international multi-cultural working environment that emphasizes on collaboration.

* You are a team worker, who can also lead a project team and provide mentoring to graduate students.

* You are proficient in written and spoken English, basics in written and spoken French is recommended

* This position is open to citizens of member countries of EU or NATO


Employed 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 Belgian universities as well as an industry network;

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.

Competitive salary with an attractive remuneration package and living in one of the most attractive areas of central Europe in the neighborhood of Brussels


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.

Your Application

Please, submit your online application on this website with the following documents:

- Cover letter highlighting your motivations and qualifications for the position
- CV
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- List of publications, technical reports
- References (2 contacts)


Further information on the position and informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Sophia Buckingham (Research Manager) and to Prof. Delphine Laboureur (

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