Research Assistant / Associate in Computational Aeroelasticity

Imperial College London - Aeronautics

Campus: South Kensington Campus


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in computational aeroelasticity at the Department of Aeronautics. The successful candidate will join the Aeroelastics Lab (, which focusses on the development of computational methods in fluid-structure interaction, aeroelastic control and multidisciplinary optimization. He/she will lead the development team at Imperial of the fluid-structure capabilities in the open-source SU2 package ( and its application to the design of very large offshore wind turbines.

This is a computational project at the cutting-edge of fluid-structure interaction modelling for aerospace applications, which will make extensive use of high-performance computing, advanced methods for algorithmic differentiation, and state-of-the-art open-source software development. The successful candidate will be in charge of the development and testing of new structural and fluid-structure interface capabilities in the SU2 package, and will lead efforts in its application to the design of aeroelastically-tailored wind turbine rotors. The post is funded by EPSRC in a joint UK-China project and the successful candidate will be asked to interact, including periodic travel to China, with the project partners.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautical Engineering, as well as relevant experience in computational methods in fluid-structure interaction and/or multidisciplinary optimization. Experience in development or editing advanced structural mechanics solvers will be highly advantageous, as well as some familiarity with the methods for analysis and design of wind turbines. A strong publication record in a relevant field, commensurate with the experience of the candidate, is also desired.

This is a fixed-term post for 18 months.

At Research Assistant level, applicants should have a good first degree (or equivalent) or Masters (or equivalent) in a related area. At Research Associate level applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related discipline.   

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Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Rafael Palacios (

Enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Lisa Kelly

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