Graduate Aerodynamicist

Purpose of the Role: 

To add aerodynamic performance to the race car by analysis of CFD, wind tunnel and track data and refine / optimise the car design. 

 Role Dimensions:  

  • Develop aerodynamic concepts to add car performance. 

  • Sits within an Aerodynamics development group, reporting to the Principal Aerodynamicist and guided by an Aerodynamics Project Leader. 

  • Flexibility in working hours is required (some evenings and weekends). 

  • Some travel to the Wind Tunnel as per agreed rotation 

Key Relationships: 

  • Principal Aerodynamicist, Project Leaders and other Aerodynamicists in their group. 

  • Designers and modelmakers involved in the projects. 

  • Aerodynamicists from the Aerodynamic Performance group 

Principal Accountabilities: 

  • Develop aerodynamic solutions for the racing car that deliver performance, under the direction of the Aerodynamics Project Leader. 

  • Ensure that ideas and designs legal and to the standards of surface quality and aerodynamic refinement of the department, and coherent with the overall objectives of the team. 

  • Effective management of their own projects through the design, CFD, part preparation and wind tunnel test process, according to agreed deadlines and the requirements of the programme.  

  • Create CAD geometry 

  • Submit CFD cases, deliver CFD analysis and input for their area of the car to deadlines. 

  • Liaison with the Design team (Surfacers and Model Designers) to ensure the quality of surfaces and model parts. 

  • Prepare the wind tunnel test. 

  • Liaison with the model shop to ensure the quality of experiment in the wind tunnel. 

  • Oversee the project during the wind tunnel test. 

  • Analysis, reporting and follow-up. 

  • Conduct wind tunnel tests on a shift rota basis, reporting back as required. 

  • Gain exposure to track data and how we use it to analyse performance. 

  • Attend team and wind tunnel reviews and contribute to discussions about other areas. 

  • Manage own projects effectively, guided by Project Leaders in matters such as WSR schedule, wind tunnel planning, FIA resource allocation and trade-offs between time spent in CFD and wind tunnel testing. 

  • Communicate effectively with everyone involved in the project, keeping them involved and aware of targets, priorities and plans for the areas they are working on.  

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Demonstrate good knowledge of flow structure characteristics and flow breakdown mechanisms. 

  • Good data driven analysis skills 

  • Experience of planning and organising projects to pre-agreed targets. 

  • Experience of experimental aerodynamics or CFD. 

  • A degree in a relevant subject area 

Personal Attributes: 

  • A team player but with the initiative to make own decisions and work with minimal supervision. 

  • Self-starter, able to identify requirements independently, then make proposals for solutions. 

  • Able to work under pressure, to tight deadlines, often with ever-changing priorities. 

  • The ability to plan and organise a project to deliver and execute to target specifications, often to a tight deadline. 

  • Good communication skills. 

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and analytical approach, with attention to detail. 

  • Aptitude to learn from others and share knowledge with others. 

  • Flexible approach to working hours and willing to travel abroad.