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In the framework of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) program H2020, project ASIMIA, NUMECA and the School of Aeronautics - Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (ETSIAE-UPM)  are looking for a PHD Candidate in CFD Development.


* What is the opportunity?

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: Advanced turbulence modelling for HOM-CFD for RANS, URANS and hybrid RANS-LES methodologies for complex aerodynamic flows

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 at NUMECA.



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 multiphase flows and turbulence modelling is not required but 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. 


* What do we offer?

The position includes a very competitive 3 year scholarship based on European project standards. (1.5 years under a contract in Belgium and 1.5 years in Spain under a contract with School of Aeronautics - Universidad Politechnica of Madrid (ETSIAE-UPM). We also offer to work in a stimulating, young and multicultural environment. 


* 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.


Both teams, at UPM and NUMECA 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 has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), subsidiaries in San Francisco (USA), Mons (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. 

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