Aerothermal Engineer

The company:

Williams’ core competencies are the design and development of racing cars to compete in the Formula One World Championship. As one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation in 1977 and is now moving into an exciting era under new ownership defined by relentless innovation and living sustainable performance in every dimension.

Role Purpose:

Working within the Aerodynamics department, the Aerothermal Engineer will drive improvements of our brake and tyre thermal management predictions using information from our state-of-the-art CFD department, Wind Tunnel, and Testing Facilities.

This is a key performance differentiator within Formula 1, and an innovative approach to our designs is fundamental in driving performance in a highly competitive space.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working within the team responsible for corner thermal development. This will include all of the following:
    • Brake Duct and internal components within the wheel.
    • Brake Disc and Caliper design and validation
    • Liaising with the materials department to ensure we achieve optimal performance in all aspects
  • Working closely with the Surfacing team to achieve high surface quality.
  • Liaise closely with our CFD department to develop our model capability.
  • Working closely with the Aero Development teams to improve overall car performance.
  • Working with Vehicle Performance and Vehicle Dynamics to develop & correlate models.
  • Rig testing support and analysis of your concepts
  • End-to-end CFD Thermal Project management, including data reporting and ideas publication
  • Collaborate with the Special Projects teams and key stakeholders on developing corners for future cars

Core Skills and Experience:

Core skills that would be required for this role include:

  • Strong understanding of heat transfer and fluid mechanic fundamentals
  • Strong knowledge of standard IT packages (Microsoft etc.)
  • Experience using OpenFOAM & StarCCM+ for setting up thermal simulations would be an advantage.
  • Experience of CAD surfacing (preferably with NX).
  • Experience in programming is desirable but not essential.
  • Good project management skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills. Ability to work with a wide range of groups and disciplines seamlessly.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships which support a high-pressure environment.
  • Proven analytical abilities and decision-making skills.
  • Degree in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent).

What can Williams offer?

The Williams Group is based in multi acre complex located in Grove, Oxfordshire. The Williams Group offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on site and various car schemes. We have an on-site gym (open 24 hours a day) as well as various fitness classes including outdoors bootcamps, pilates and yoga free for all staff and contractors to use. Aside from these benefits we can offer free onsite parking and large open green spaces to unwind during breaks. We are a based just 30 mins from Oxford City Centre by bus.

Williams is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments

Williams Racing