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CFD R&D Engineer

United Kingdom, Surrey, WokingF1 - Technical

Job description

At McLaren Racing, we’re already custodians of racing history. Now, we want to drive its future. As a team of racers, we live for the Fearless Pursuit of Better - in our car, our engine, our tech, and our performance.

We’re here to disrupt the status quo. We want to make change happen across our industry. We’re building a culture that’s more diverse and inclusive than ever. And we believe that careers in tech and engineering should be for everyone. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your background is.

This is what it really means to be fearless.


The challenge

Our aim is to develop the best Aerodynamics department in F1. We are looking for talented engineers to join us in achieving that aim and support the development of current and future championship challengers.

We are looking for a CFD R&D engineer to help deliver, improve and maintain a robust, consistent and efficient CFD workflow and methodology for Aerodynamics design of F1 race cars. Under the F1 regulations, Aerodynamics development is a key differentiator, and this is your opportunity to make the car go faster by maximizing the throughput and accuracy of our simulation tools used to design the race car.


Your team

You will be working within the CFD methodology team, in close collaboration with our HPC  team. Your main responsibility will be to maintain and improve the CFD pipeline, and you’ll also interact with the correlation and software development teams to help drive improvements, and with the Aerodynamicists to champion new simulation types or ways to analyse data to further improve our understanding of the flow field and help improve our designs.


You’ll spend your time:

  • Delivering improvements to the CFD methodology matching the set targets and perform the related CFD R&D activities, including eventual support to the Aerodynamic Development or HPC teams.
  • Championing various tools used in CFD technology team in their workflow. Develop in-depth understanding of these tools and develop techniques to address their limitations or improve them.
  • Developing a high level of understanding of the other factors influencing CFD methodology and performance: HPC hardware, software, novel numerical methods, correlation etc – and use this to liaise effectively with the HPC, Software and Correlation teams.
  • Contributing to maintain a large codebase.
  • Developing a high level of understanding of the aerodynamic performance development in general. Use this to keep a strong link with the Aerodynamic Development and deliver CFD methodology support.

Job requirements

Your story

To join our race for performance, you’ll need to:

  • Be a team player but with the initiative to make own decisions and work with minimal supervision.
  • Be a self-starter, able to identify requirements independently, then make proposals for solutions.
  • Be able to work under pressure, sometimes with tight deadlines or evolving priorities.
  • Be organized, with good planning skills, able to coordinate a project group to execute and deliver projects to challenging targets and within the agreed deadlines.
  • Be highly driven and ready to go beyond what is expected at every opportunity.
  • Be an excellent communicator to target a variety of audiences.
  • Have the ability to influence and embed knowledge to other members of the team.
  • Have the ability to follow CFD Methodology development directions independently.
  • Possess excellent problem-solving skills and analytical approach, with attention to detail.
  • Have the open mindedness to ensure high flexibility and the capacity to manage rapid and profound changes of scopes, development directions and processes.
  • Have the aptitude to learn from others and share knowledge with others.
  • Take a flexible approach to working hours and occasional remote support.


We are looking for someone with:

  • Strong mathematical background, in particular linear algebra, partial differential equations and Finite volume/element/high order numerical methods either through a PhD or MSc followed up with industrial experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of CFD modelling and expertise in at least two of the following areas: CFD solver development, CFD process automation, CFD applications.
  • Experience in using simulations tools/packages in industrial applications is required.
  • Knowledge and experience with OpenFOAM are preferred.
  • Strong coding skills in object-oriented programming languages (C++, python or others) as well as version control system are highly desirable.


What can McLaren offer?

We strive to provide a fun, innovative, collaborative and open culture where everyone’s input is welcome, and everyone feels part of our achievements. We work hard to create a culture of continuous improvement, and support this with a pro-active approach to management and personal development.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre on the edge of Woking. Our large campus includes a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park land. MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 32min train ride.

We encourage hybrid working patterns to give you options to balance your home life and hobbies with your work, and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.


Be fearless - apply now

McLaren Racing is the kind of place where everyone is encouraged to try something different, to discover new paths, to begin new journeys. To think fearlessly. To work fearlessly. To disrupt fearlessly.

Our race for performance has only just started and we won’t ever stop pushing for more.

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