PhD Scholarship in Aerodynamic Analysis and Optimization of Future Jet Engine Fans

Applications are invited for a PhD position in mechanical engineering to join Chalmers University of Technology. The initial contract for this position is 5 years. Applications are welcome before December 15, 2019.

Information about the project

You are hereby invited to apply for a PhD student position in the project Fan Alternatives for Next Generation Aero Engines. The project is run as a collaborative effort between Chalmers and GKN Aerospace and is a project funded by the Swedish National Aeronautical Research Program (NFFP). The most important work revolves around developing new fan concepts for future civil aero engines and analyse them with respect to their aerodynamic, mechanical and system level properties.

Geared engines ( are now increasing their share of the market of civil aero engines. The gear allows the fan to be designed rather independently from the turbine that drives it. In addition, as the fan size grows in size geometric variability becomes a more attractive design option. The key activities in the project focuses on developing geometry and performing aerodynamic analysis and optimization of several competing concepts to understand limitations and opportunities with new fan technology. Supporting analysis of the mechanical design of the system will also be performed and aircraft and propulsion system simulation tools will be used to study the operation of the fan component under a number of flight conditions.

The research group that you will be involved with has a very strong research position in the area of propulsion integration with several ongoing projects in the area, both on national and on EU level in collaboration with academia and industry. This helps to build a case for a future academic career, alternatively it establishes contacts with a wide range of potential future employers in the aircraft engine industry. It is also the intention that, as part of the Ph.D. position, a 2-4 month research stay at an internationally well established university will be made.

On a societal level the research is expected to contribute to lighter and more efficient fan components, which in turn reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions for future aircraft. This will have a positive impact on the global climate and also make it easier for the aero engine business to transition to more expensive but sustainable fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen or other types of electrofuels.

About the division

This PhD position will be a part of the division of Fluid Dynamics. Our research at the division covers turbulent flow (both compressible and incompressible), aero-acoustics and turbomachines. Our tools include both computations and experiments.

About the department

The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) has a multidisciplinary research portfolio, exhibiting strong theoretical and experimental skills within seven research divisions in mechanical engineering and maritime sciences. We are able to implement unique combinations of physical and theoretical modelling, using in-house research facilities and through access to our partners' infrastructures.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. Your research will be supervised by well-reputed senior researchers and since the group has a strong position in aircraft propulsion you will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow students on publications and courses. The everyday work also means taking a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, collaborating with companies and publishing research work. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to up to 10 percent of working hours.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of 4,5 years.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Chemistry with Physics or equivalent with special interest within relevant fields such as fluid dynamics, aerospace, turbomachinery and software development. The position requires oral and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not required, but you will be encouraged to learn Swedish during employment.

For this project we are looking at a motivated and analytic candidate, with a strive to produce quality work. A strong study result with a good background in fluid computations is valued. A background in turbomachinery, propulsion, mechanical design work or aeronautics are meritorius.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190614 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 15 December 2019

Tomas Grnstedt,


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