Aerodynamicist in bedford

bedford, united kingdom
job category
Aerospace Maintenance Engineer
job type
Dependent on Experience
reference number
jonathan wrate, randstad technologies
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job description

Randstad are recruiting for an Aerodynamicist for a client based in Oakley, Bedford. The role is an exciting opportunity to drive the aerodynamic design of novel autonomous air vehicles including their innovative propulsion system.

Key Responsibilities

Aerodynamic design and performance modelling:

  • Build preliminary map of external vs. internal flows using a conceptual design tools (e.g. VSPAero, Xrotor, DFDC).
  • Build preliminary design and performance models (excel based) for the propulsion system (static and rotating parts) to understand the design trade space. This includes evaluate other open-source preliminary design tools for use in design trade space evaluation
  • Use the preliminary design and performance models to derive the requirements for detailed aerodynamic and mechanical design
  • Use the preliminary design and performance models to produce performance maps to support control system development
  • Identify the right toolset(s) for high-fidelity external & internal flow, and subsequently focusing on internal flow aerodynamic design to drive the development effort of the propulsion system (static and rotating parts) through SRR, PDR and CDR

Support the mechanical design of rotating parts:

  • Help inform the mechanical design of the propulsion system using existing aerospace turbomachinery experience
  • Drive the detailed mechanical design activities for the propulsion system undertaken by the rest of the team by providing high level requirements and providing technical inputs as required
  • Review the mechanical design process by participating in the key design review gates - SRR, PDR, CDR

Technical liaison with key academic partners:

  • Drive the detailed design and simulation activities at the academic partners related to the propulsion system
  • Drive the design of experiments related to static testing and wind tunnel testing of various sub-scale iterations of the propulsion system
  • Review the results from the experimental tests and use them to refine the performance models and drive further design iterations of the propulsion system

Support the planning activities for the ground test program:

  • Contribute to the requirement capture for the test rig and the test setup
  • Support the down selection of sensors and measurement equipment
  • Support and provide technical input during on-going discussions with the test rig supplier
  • Develop the design of experiments for the ground test program
  • Lead the aerodynamic performance validation through the ground test program

Support other projects providing aerodynamics and propulsion expertise as required

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • To actively participate in the client's Performance Management Scheme.
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as may be reasonably required within the grade and level of the post.
  • You will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your evolving role within the company and the overall business objectives of the company.

Some travel within the UK may be required.

The salary is dependent on experience.

If you are interested, please make an application or alternatively send me an email at

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Randstad Technologies Ltd is a leading specialist recruitment business for the IT industry. Please note that due to a high level of applications, we can only respond to applicants whose skills & qualifications are suitable for this position. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. For the purposes of the Conduct Regulations 2003, when advertising permanent vacancies we are acting as an Employment Agency, and when advertising temporary/contract vacancies we are acting as an Employment Business.



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