PhD Candidate - CFD Development Engineer

Reference job number: DEV18-10

In the framework of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks H2020 project ASIMIA, between NUMECA and the School of Aeronautics - Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (ETSIAE-UPM) we are looking for a PHD Candidate - CFD Development Engineer.

Both teams have a strong background in Computational Fluid Dynamics, high order methods, multi-physics and High-Performance Computing. 

NUMECA Int., a worldwide operating CFD software company, develops engineering flow simulation software widely used by engineers and designers in a large range of fluid engineering applications, from  Aerospace, Power Generation, Energy to Race Cars and Ships. NUMECA is rapidly expanding and is continuously looking for young and senior talented coworkers. The company has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), subsidiaries in San Francisco (USA), Mons and Leuven (Belgium), Tokyo (Japan), Bangalore (India), Beijing (China) and Hong-Kong and is active worldwide through its network of agents and partners in Asia, Europe and America.

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical University, with more than 4.000 faculty members, around 48.000 undergraduate students and 6.000 postgraduates in 21 Schools of study. UPM Schools cover most of engineering disciplines, including Aeronautics. The School of Aeronautics ETSIAE-UPM is one the best schools of engineering in Spain and the oldest providing an aeronautical degree. ETSIAE-UPM was ranked 41st of the world in Shanghai’s ranking for aeronautical engineering in 2017. The Dept. of Applied Mathematics at ETSIAE-UPM ( offers a young dynamic environment, where currently 12 PhD students and 20 academics perform research in fluids and numerical methods. 


What will you do?

The PhD topic is oriented at the capabilities of current aerodynamic based High Order Methods (HOM) for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Description of the PhD position: development of HOM methodologies for fluid-thermal multiphysics applications.

The position includes a very competitive scholarship based on European project standards. The PhD candidate will be required to spend half of the time in Madrid, at the School of Aeronautics - Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (ETSIAE-UPM), in the Applied Mathematics department and the other half in Brussels in the HOM development team


Who and what are we looking for from you?

Mandatory technical skills and experience:

  • Degree in engineering, aeronautics, applied mathematics or physics, or equivalent expertise: MEng or MSc grade and less than 4 years of full time research experience (entitled to enter in a PhD programme)

  • Excellent computational skills and interest in CFD programming (e.g. C++, Fortran) and fluid modelling are expected

  • Familiarity with finite elements and turbulence modelling would be an asset

Language skills:

  • Fluent English language is a prerequisite for the role. 

  • French, Spanish and Dutch are a plus.

You should be highly motivated and dynamic, have good communication and analytical skills, be a stress-resistant problem solver, and be a team player able to meet the highest quality standards.

How to apply?

Please send cover letter and resume plus relevant technical papers, reports, references, etc. to Indicate clearly the reference job number: DEV18-10