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The unsteady flow diagnostics laboratory (UNFoLD) at the Swiss federal institute of technology of Lausanne (EPFL) invites applications by highly motivated, committed, and talented candidates for a PhD postion 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.


Currently available doctoral positions

Within the SNSF funded project Dynamic stall management for improving aerodynamic robustness of H-type wind turbines (smart-H),  the prospective PhD student will strive to reduce the empiricism of existing dynamic stall models and provide adaptations or extensions for:

  • improved modelling of the timing of stall onset and recovery;
  • a more realistic representation of the inherent cycle-to-cycle variations and hysteresis effects inherent to dynamic stall; and
  • improved prediction of the response to internal and external disturbances.
Your profile

Candidates for the PhD position should hold a master’s degree in physics, aeronautical or mechanical engineering. We are seeking candidates with a strong fluid dynamics background and experience in unsteady flow field analysis or aerodynamic modelling.

How to apply?

To apply, please send your application, including cv, motivation statement, recent transcripts, and names and contact information of three references as a single pdf file to professor Mulleners. 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 open PhD position also requires acceptance to the doctoral program in energy, for which you find further information at Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the positions have been filled.