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KTH, The School of Engineering Sciences (SCI) announces a position as application expert in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) at the Mechanics Department.Link to announcement on KTH Homepage

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KTH, The School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Department of Mechanics announces a position as “Application Expert/Researcher” in numerical/computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Job Description

The successful candidate will work together with academic researchers and graduate students at the Department of Mechanics in the areas of direct and large-eddy simulation (DNS and LES), providing advanced user support in terms of high-performance computing (HPC, i.e. parallelisation, code maintenance and development, data management, visualisation etc.).

The applicant is expected to actively collaborate with academic researchers on scientific projects related to numerical studies of transitional and turbulent flows using large-scale simulations. Interest and involvement in the scientific research is desirable. Advanced numerical methods (mainly based on massively parallel spectral methods) and postprocessing tools (such as Arnoldi methods) are employed and developed, an area in which the successful applicant should play an important role.

Furthermore, the research groups at KTH Mechanics are active developers of a number of international research codes in the area of fluid dynamics. The applicant should help us extending this role to become a development node of such codes in Sweden. The work duties also encompass training and teaching activities within the research group and in the broader context of various graduate schools at KTH focused on e-Science.

The applicant is also expected to participate in international networks related to HPC, via e.g. the PRACE, DEISA and HPC-Europa2 projects.

Research Environment

The position will be located at the Department of Mechanics, embedded in active research groups organised in the Linné FLOW Centre ( and the Swedish e-Science Research Centre (SeRC, Most importantly, close ties to the KTH computer centre PDC-HPC ( are maintained. PDC-HPC operates state-of-the-art computational and storage resources for a variety of scientific application domains, including mechanics, computational chemistry, life sciences, climatology, and physics. Amongst the computer systems is the currently largest supercomputer in the Nordic countries, Lindgren, a 305 TF Cray XE6 system with over 36,000 cores.


Applicants need to have PhD in CFD/engineering physics, computer science, or related fields and proven experiences in working with DNS/LES/CFD applications on HPC systems. Good knowledge of parallel environments (MPI, OpenMP, etc.) and the most important languages (Fortran, C, etc.) is required; knowledge of visualisation packages such as ParaView/VTK/VisIt and experiences with Cray systems are an asset but not required. Solid knowledge of recent numerical methods is also an asset.


Form of employment: According to agreement
Work time: Full time
Start date: According to agreement.
Number of positions: 1

KTH applies probationary employment.


Prof. Dan Henningson, phone: +46 8 790 90 04,

Dr. Philipp Schlatter, phone: +46 8 790 71 76

Union representatives

Lars-Gunnar Andersson, SACO
Phone: +46 8-55378107

Niclas Carlsson, ST, Phone: +46 8790 84 16


Applications should be sent by e-mail to: Carolina Eneqvist,

Write the reference number S-2011-0379 in the e-mail subject line!

Application deadline: May 30, 2011
Employer’s reference number: S-2011-0379

Application shall include the following documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Transcripts from university/university college
4. References

Please observe that all material needs to be in English.