Open PhD positions
The unsteady flow diagnostics laboratory (UNFoLD) at the Swiss federal institute of technology
of Lausanne (EPFL) invites applications by highly motivated, committed, and talented
students for a PhD position in the field of
unsteady fluid dynamics
Our lab focusses on the investigation of unsteady flow phenomena by combining high spatially
and temporally resolved flow field measurements with - what we refer to as - a fluid
dynamical differential diagnosis. We develop methodologies to help bridge the gap between
our observations and understanding of the development and interaction of characteristic
flow structures (e.g. vortices) and technically relevant quantities, such as aerodynamic
forces or power output, with applications in biological and bio-inspired flight, wind turbine
rotor blade aerodynamics, etc.
Within the SNSF funded project Dynamic stall management for improving aerodynamic
robustness of H-type wind turbines
(smart-H), the prospective PhD students will experimentally
investigate the development of dynamic stall on model vertical axis wind turbines
including the effect of rotor internal and external flow disturbances with the objective to improve
prediction capabilities of blade loading, aerodynamic robustness, and performance.
Candidates should hold a master’s degree in physics, aeronautical or mechanical engineering.
We are seeking candidates with a strong experimental
profile with experience in particle
image velocimetry, unsteady flow field analysis, or in designing laboratory flow experiments.
To apply, please send your application, including cv, motivation statement, and names and
contact information of three references as a single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you
do not receive a reply within 2 weeks, please assume that your profile does not match with
our interests at the moment.
The position also requires acceptance to the doctoral program in mechanics, for which you
find further information here. The next application deadline for the doctoral program is
, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions
have been filled.