Join us: Open PhD position

We invite you to apply to the following PhD position, that opened up in the framework of NEXTFLOW. Will you be our next team member?

Description and objectives:

Turbulent flow control has been achieved in many relevant configurations using both model-free and model-based approaches. This PhD thesis aims at developing methods to blend the two approaches, leveraging the flexibility of model-free techniques and the interpretability of model-based approaches to target different features. The data-driven methods to obtain complete estimation of the dynamics through incomplete measurements developed in the project NEXTFLOW, and manifold learning techniques, will be leveraged. The validation of the methods will require the use of databases of numerical data and performing experiments of flow control.

The successful candidate will join the Experimental Aerodynamics and Propulsion Laboratory (, within the Aerospace Engineering Research Group ( of UC3M.

Requirements and desirable profile:

  • Young MSc holder (or MSc student with 60 ECTS passed at contract’s signature) with a background in one or more of the following disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics. Excellent candidates in other disciplines are also invited to apply. 
  • Outstanding academic record; critical and creative thinking.
  • International experience; team-working and communications skills.
  • Good proficiency in English (oral and written).
  • Ability to deal independently and proactively with scientific and engineering challenges.

What we offer:

  • 3-year contract (with optional 1-year extension); annual gross salary in the 22000-23000€ range.
  • Become part of a young, dynamic, highly qualified, collaborative team. 
  • Flexible working environment and schedule.
  • Opportunity to travel to international conferences to present research activities. 
  • Opportunity to carry out research internships abroad.
  • Health coverage under the National Health System.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates must send their applications to indicating in the e-mail subject NEXTFLOW-PhD-datadriven including in a single pdf file: 

  • CV (max. 4 pages), including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diploma and grades from previous university studies.
  • A motivation letter of experience, interests, and research goals (max. 1 page). 
  • The contact information for two references (will be contacted during the hiring process).

The research group aims to increase the share of women in academic positions, therefore applications from women are particularly encouraged.

Submission of applications is due by March 1st, 2024 (though early applications are strongly encouraged, and later applications will be considered until the vacancy is filled). The contract will begin in April 2024, though an earlier/later start date can be agreed.

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