Doctoral student / research assistant in the field of Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) at 100% Job in Carouge, GE at HES-SO Genève –

The HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Geneva, is recruiting for the School of

Landscape, Engineering and Architecture (HEPIA) a:

in the field of Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Fixed-term appointment of 12 months, renewable


The candidate will participate in large-scale R&D projects at the international level (NASA Jet Propulsion

Laboratory, German Aerospace Center DLR), in connection with Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and aerodynamics

  • AI Teaching of pixelated wind facilities for the generation of authentic winds (Earth, Mars)
  • Scientific research on flying vehicle aerodynamics in real wind conditions (gusts, turbulence, shear)
  • Practical use case for the next NASA Jet Propulsion helicopter on planet Mars

The candidate will be required to:

  • Design and build hardware and firmware in particular for drones
  • Develop aerodynamic and hydrodynamic characterization test benches
  • Carry out validation tests in wind tunnels
  • Perform CFD (Open Foam) simulations

Profile/Skills desired or to be developed:

  • Master’s degree in the field of experimental aero/nautical engineering and aerodynamics and willing to do a


  • Familiar with the basics of hardware (PixHawk, Ardupilot) and software (ROS, PX4, MAVLink) tools for

autonomous vehicles

  • Know-how in the field of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics measurements (PIV, Hot Wire, Schlieren)
  • Practical experience in the use of flying arenas, wind/water tunnels, and the manufacturing of aero/hydro-

dynamic test stands

  • Proficient with programming languages (Python, Matlab, C++, or similar) and design software (CREO,

SolidWorks, CATIA, or similar)

  • Basic skills with numerical simulations (Ansys, OpenFoam, or equivalent)
  • Fluent with the English language, for scientific publications, as well as research and working sessions with

project collaborators (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, German Aerospace Center DLR)

  • Ability to work rigorously, independently, practically, and in a responsible fashion way
  • Motivated by disruptive technologies, publications, conferences, patents, startups

Particularity of the position:

  • Desire to learn new things
  • Great flexibility is expected to meet the diverse needs of the position.
  • Willing to travel (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, DLR)

The reference scale for determining salary is the salary scale of the Geneva cantonal administration, which can be

consulted on ge.ch/etat-employeur.

  • HES assistants are hired for a fixed term of one year, renewable a maximum of four times;
  • The function class for the position of HES assistant is a class 8 – annuity 0, for holders of a Bachelor’s degree,

and a class 9 – annuities 2, for holders of a Master’s degree;

Application deadline: March 22, 2023

Start date: April 15, 2023

Place of work: Rue de la Prairie 4 – 1202 Geneva

HES-SO Geneva / HEPIA adopts a recruitment policy in favor of equal opportunities and diversity.

Complete and electronic applications only should be sent to:
HR Department – recrutemen[email protected], with the subject RH_HEPIA_AS_TIN_GM_aero_2023

Your records must have the following form:
PDF n°1: cover letter and CV name_cover_letter_CV_AR_TIN_GM_aero_2023.pdf

PDF n°2: annex name_annexes_AR_TIN_GM_aero_2023.pdf

File includes: a CV, a cover letter, a copy of the titles obtained and the certificates.

Information on salary conditions may be requested from HR Department, [email protected].

About the Company

Company: HES-SO Genève –

Company Location:  Carouge, GE

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