DLR is looking to fill 3 positions for the development of next-generation CFD software CODA to simulate the flow around complex aerial vehicles. One of the lucky candidates will be involved in NextSim research.

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


up to German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

Your mission:

The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology is a leading research institute in the field of aircraft and helicopter aerodynamics. In the C²A²S²E department we develop numerical methods and processes for multidisciplinary simulation and optimization of aircraft. The research activities of the department include physical modeling of complex flows and the development of advanced solution algorithms for numerical flow simulation as well as the integration of all relevant disciplines. We develop efficient optimization strategies and methods for data-driven modeling and simulation and quantify uncertainties based on state-of-the-art high-fidelity methods. Customizing numerical methods for optimal efficiency on high-performance computer clusters is of particular importance to the department.

The flow-solvers developed at C²A²S²E are routinely used for a wide range of simulations in both research and industry throughout Germany and in Europe. To make sure that our numerical flow simulation capability is fit for the future, we are currently developing the next generation of flow solver CODA. Further development of this software is carried out within a European collaboration with the French Aerospace Lab ONERA and our industrial partner Airbus.

Your main task is to further develop CODA within research projects. You will explore, develop and investigate numerical methods and algorithms for steady-state and unsteady simulations of the flow around airplanes and helicopters. You will integrate the developed methods into existing software as part of a distributed development process based on continuous integration, validate them using suitable test cases, and analyze and compare the results with established fluid mechanics methods. You will also be involved in the integration of CODA capabilities into the HPC-enabled simulation environment FlowSimulator. You will be part of a group of experienced and competent researchers and software developers with whom you will actively exchange and coordinate your own activities and jointly drive further the development of CODA. In doing so, you will also participate in the review and acceptance of code by other software developers. In addition, you will support users in applying CODA to their problems. Your activities are embedded in DLR-internal as well as national and European collaborations, which involves working with interdisciplinary teams. You will present your research results at national and international conferences and publish them in relevant journals.

Your qualifications:

  • Completed scientific university degree (diploma/master’s degree) in engineering or natural sciences with a focus on mechanical engineering, aerospace, scientific computing or mathematics, or a comparable field of study
  • Knowledge and experience in numerical methods
  • Knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Profound knowledge in software development with C or C++, Python knowledge
  • Confident communication in English, both written and spoken
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team, creativity, high degree of self-motivation
  • Previous research experience (PhD) advantageous
  • Experience with industrial CFD solvers welcome
  • Ideally prior experience with software development in a team
  • Experience in parallel programming desirable
  • Proficient handling of Linux (as user/applicant) desirable

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

Learn more and apply through the DLR website.