Team Lead Aerodynamics & Loads

Location: Netherlands, Netherlands Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum
Sector: Engineering Specialism:
Type: Permanent Contact: Sean Tierney

Gold Group are representing a global leader on wind turbine systems, rotor blade engineering, aerodynamics, and composite structures. The company is expanding their R&D division and have a fantastic opportunity for an Team Leader Aero & Loads.

Position Overview

The Aerodynamics group is responsible for full aerodynamic design and analysis of wind turbine blade utilizing analytical, experimental and numerical methods. We are seeking candidates who would like to work in the above mentioned capacity.


A summary of the essential functions of the position includes but is not limited to the following:

Aerodynamic Design of Wind Turbine Blades:

  • Design blades for wind turbines ranging up to 10MW using Blade Element Momentum Theory.

Design and Analysis of Airfoils:

  • Utilize experimental, numerical and analytical methods to design and analyze airfoils to determine their aerodynamic performance.

Wind Tunnel Testing:

  • Conduct physical tests to determine aerodynamic drag and lift performance of airfoils.
  • Oversee construction of physical models as needed.

CFD Analysis:

  • Build numerical models using flow simulation tools to determine aerodynamic drag and lift performance of airfoils as well perform 3D CFD analysis on rotor blades.
  • Proactively guide design features so as to achieve performance targets.

Preparation of Internal and Customer Status Reports:

  • Prepare data, reports and presentations to support aerodynamics, structures, loads analysis and pre-sales team.


  • Contribute towards the development and implementation of new methodologies and tools.
  • Cross Train and support the other team members in the deployment of new tools.

Support for writing R&D Grants:

  • Prepare proposals and support other team members towards writing grants for research and development work.



  • Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Masters' degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering is preferred.


  • 5+ years of industrial experience.

Technical Requirements:

  • Strong understanding of fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and CFD.
  • Working knowledge of Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and BEM Theory.
  • Proficient in the use of analytical tools including XFOIL, EPPLER, TurbSim, ANSYS FLUID FLOW Package or openFOAM, MS Office.
  • Intermediate Skills in UG NX.
  • Programming skills (atleast one) - Matlab, C, C++, Fortran.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience with laboratory or field work relating to building or testing of aerodynamic systems.
  • Occasional travel to support company's forensics service offerings.
  • Self-directed, confident individual with excellent personal communication skills.

This advert was posted by Gold Group - one of the UK's leading niche recruitment consultancies. We span a variety of specialist industries and are the recruitment company to help you find your next career opportunity. We pride ourselves on our commitment to candidates and stick to our ethos of finding the right role for the right person. Visit our website or get in touch today to discuss this role, find out what else we've got or just for a chat about the state of your industry. Services advertised by Gold Group are those of an Agency and/or an Employment Business. Please be aware that we receive a high volume of applications for every role advertised and regularly receive applications from candidates who exceed the job credentials. We will only contact you within the next 14 days if you are selected for interview. A copy of our privacy policy can be found here: Gold Group is an equal opportunity & diversity employer. A copy of our equal opportunity & diversity policy can be found here:

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