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MSCA-ITN UTOPIAE: Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at CIRA - Italian Aerospace Research Centre (Capua, Italy)

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    Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA)
    Computer scienceProgramming
    EngineeringAerospace engineering
    MathematicsApplied mathematics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/04/2017 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Capua
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Applications are invited for a 36 month Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position within the UTOPIAE Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Training Network, to work on a project entitled "Optimal Energy-Driven Aircraft design under uncertainty."

Basic Information

UTOPIAE research programme aims at training, by research and by example, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of Uncertainty Quantification and Optimisation. The ESRs will be provided with the training and skills needed for pursuing successful careers in academia and industry and for increasing the innovation capacity of the EU. Through the ESRs individual research projects, the UTOPIAE network will develop fundamental mathematical methods and algorithms to bridge the gap between Uncertainty Quantification and Optimisation, and between Probability Theory and Imprecise Probability Theory for Uncertainty Quantification, and to efficiently solve high-dimensional, expensive and complex engineering problems.


The project envisaged for the ESR recruited by CIRA is titled

“Optimal Energy-Driven Aircraft Design Under Uncertainty”.

The design of aerodynamic shapes numerical optimization is an important topic for the aerospace industry and is very difficult from a computational point of view, especially if complex fluid dynamic models are used for assessing high-fidelity aerodynamic performance. If, in addition to that, the robustness of performance is required compared uncertainties in the description of the aerodynamic shape or in operating conditions, the necessary computational resources may increase by a further order of magnitude, and is required to develop appropriate techniques to bring the resource demand computational to a level acceptable in industrial practice.

Within this framework, the objectives are:

• To build a multi-fidelity model for energy driven aircraft design;

• To develop an MDO loop for robust reliable design of aircraft with reduced drag and minimal fuel consumption;

• To develop an integrated design tool capable of integrating uncertainty quantification, multi-criteria optimization and advanced CFD simulations;

• To develop reliability-based design optimization algorithms based on the Generalized Inverse Distribution Functions and on innovative risk measures.

The successful applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary team with members of the Department and their partners in the UTOPIAE Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Training Network. For further information on UTOPIAE, please see http://utopiae.eu.

In particular, part of the research project should be carried out in two secondments of three months each. The first secondment is planned at the end of the second year at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology of DLR (German Aerospace Center) and it will be mainly related to the work on reliability-based design of energy-driven aircraft. The second is planned in the third year at THK (Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany) to work on many-objective optimisation techniques for expensive problems.

The training programme will involve attendance of the UTOPIAE network formal training events (Global Virtual Workshops) and enrolment in the PhD programme “Industrial Engineering” at the University Federico II in Naples, which is an associated partner of the UTOPIAE training network.


Staff Category: Research

Reports To: Head of Department

Grade: level 6 metalworkers contract (field research)

Salary Range: CIRCA € 39,000 gross of any taxes and/or contributions per annum*

Contract Type: Fixed Term (36 months)

*The successful candidate will receive a financial package consisting of a living allowance, a family allowance (where applicable) and a mobility allowance, according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).

Eligibility criteria

Applicants will be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. In particular, at the time of appointment they should be within the first 4 years of their research career and should not have resided in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before the appointment. Researchers are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. For a more detailed summary of the eligibility criteria see http://utopiae.eu/jobs/esrjobdescriptions/

Selection process

Instructions for applicants can be found on the UTOPIAE website (utopiae.eu). All interested applicants should submit the following: a CV, a cover letter and two letters of reference. Each applicant can apply for a maximum of 2 posts within the network, and must indicate their order of preference. All applications should be sent to the email address: apply@utopiae.eu

The applicants that, after the first pre-selection stage, will meet the required eligibility criteria will be contacted by the recruiting institution for an interview conducted by an evaluation panel.


Additional comments

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to info@utopiae.eu

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Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Good knowledge of numerical analysis and scientific computing. Good knowledge of at least one computer programming language. Proficient knowledge of English and good communication skills (both written and spoken). Good capacity of working both in a team and independently.

Specific Requirements

Optional desirable skills or experience:

• Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering MSc degree (preferably with focus on Fluid Mechanics).

• Advanced programming skills (C, C++, Fortran, Python, MPI, OpenMP).

• Experience in Optimization or Reliability based optimization.

• Background on statistical methods.

• Previous experience in using CFD codes

• Publications (including MSc thesis), preferably on themes related to the planned research work (positively evaluated but not mandatory).

• Awards (for example "best conference paper", "best student paper", "award to MSc thesis"

• University experience in different countries or work experience in international groups.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA)
Via Maiorise, snc

EURAXESS offer ID: 185471


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