Senior Aerodynamics Engineer - Sunbury (UK)

Senior Aerodynamics Engineer - Sunbury (UK) Sunbury, England

FT Technologies
Full Time Sunbury, England 36987 - 59582 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Quality is at the heart of everything we do.

FT Technologies is a market-leading SME based in Surrey and Madrid, specialising in designing and manufacturing ultrasonic wind sensors – also known as anemometers or air-flow sensors. What makes FT ultrasonic wind sensors unique is our use of acoustic resonance for measuring wind speed, direction, and temperature using an acoustic wave which is resonated inside a small cavity.

The wind energy industry is growing, and FT is growing with it; this is your place if you care about sustainability and the green revolution. In the last decade, we have tripled in size. We employ around 120 brilliant minds who contribute to our mission; to engineer invention through curiosity and creativity using our core technology.

The development of our current technology will enable us to serve our existing customers in wind energy better. The invention of new products and manufacturing technology, with significant company investment and growth, will offer our wind sensors’ unique strengths to meteorology, marine and defence customers.

  • Responsible to the Lead Researcher
  • Key contacts include the Director of R&D, Engineering team members, Technology, Production, Quality, Sales, Strategy
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames (Hybrid optional)
  • 40 hours per week (Flexi-time)

Main tasks and responsibilities
As part of the Research Team, your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct research using CFD analyses, modelling and experiment
  • Create CFD models and apply aerodynamic, thermal, and aeroacoustics principles in the design and optimisation of the product performance, for example, its accuracy, wind speed range and behaviour under turbulent conditions
  • Develop aerodynamics, thermal, and aeroacoustics concepts and determine their performance targets and specifications, characterise critical components and assess whether requirements are met
  • Validate concepts and CFD models using the results of experimental data and feedback loop to theoretical predictions
  • Capture the output of research in reports for internal knowledge and external publication
  • Support new product development projects through advising and modelling new mechanical design solutions and interpreting the aerodynamics, thermal, and aeroacoustics performances and effectiveness of prototypes
  • Develop multi-physics modelling capabilities with other research teams (e.g. convected acoustics framework with Acoustics team)
  • Help broaden the company’s intellectual property portfolio (patents)

Project Management

  • Project manage and deliver research projects (or sub-projects) led by the Aerodynamics discipline
  • Provide estimates and progress reports on work breakdown structures, tasks and timelines for Aerodynamics research projects
  • Provide expert knowledge, guidance, advice and mentoring on aerodynamic matters to other engineers and cross-functional as required
  • Adhere to the quality control of research output through documentation, validation, review, approval and release of outputs in line with the research development cycle and change control

Skills, Ability and Experience (Essential)

  • PhD in Aerodynamics or Aeronautics specialised in Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Significant practical post-graduate experience in academia or the aerospace industry, with fresh experience in CFD modelling
  • Highly competent in commercial and open-source CFD modelling packages
  • Experience in working from theoretical principles to develop computer models
  • Experience in applying RANS and LES turbulence modelling techniques and aerothermal analyses
  • Experienced in aeroacoustics
  • Publisher of high-quality peer-reviewed journals and international conferences
  • Experience using Python or equivalent to derive clear conclusions from extensive database
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to analytical and problem-solving challenges
  • Self-motivated, comfortable in working independently and able to prioritise
  • Collaborative approach and proven flexibility to work as part of a cross-functional team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable working to time constraints to meet agreed deadlines
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity


  • Specialised in subsonic flow, transitional and separated flow
  • Experience in laminar-turbulent transition models
  • Experience in using commercial (STAR-CCM+, Fluent, COMSOL) or open-source (OpenFOAM and) CFD modelling packages
  • Applied knowledge of Linux

Why work with us?
We have curated an extensive benefits and rewards package, including:

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • Optional hybrid working pattern of one day per week from home OR 3 additional days holiday per annum*
  • 24/27* days holiday per annum, increasing to 25/28* days after one year’s service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexitime for days worked in the office*
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Patent reward scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day
  • Monthly lunches
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Personal development plans
  • Sponsored professional study support

FT offers a hybrid working scheme of one day from home per week OR increased annual leave, based on your role. IF working remotely is possible in your role, you will be able to work from home one day per week. If you choose not to work from home but commit to working full-time in the office, you will benefit from an extra three days per year of annual leave. If working remotely is not possible in your role, you will automatically be given three additional days of holiday per year.

How to Apply
Please apply via LinkedIn, Indeed or our careers page. Your application will be reviewed by our team but processed through an ATS system.

FT Technologies is an equal-opportunity employer; we highly value diversity in our workforce and believe this is at the heart of our many successes. We conduct a fair and inclusive recruitment process based on experience. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We welcome applications from non-UK nationals. Your application will be processed in line with GDPR; we may keep this on record for future opportunities. For more information, please read our Job Applicant Privacy Notice.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Flexitime


  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Sunbury

Senior Aerodynamics Engineer - Sunbury (UK)
FT Technologies
Sunbury-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Dr Savvas Kapartis
Unknown / Non-Applicable
51 to 200 Employees
Company - Private
Electronics Manufacturing
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