Vertical Aerospace

Bristol, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2022-09-21

Category: transportation

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Advance Battery CFD Engineer

About the company:

Revolutionising urban air mobility and electrifying air travel

Why work with us? 

We at Vertical Aerospace are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating technology to achieve sustainable air travel like never before. Vertical comprises a world-class team of leaders, experts, engineers who're all striving towards the same goal, to make air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon free. This is your chance to be a part of this extraordinary team.

Vertical is one the world’s leading eVTOL businesses, and a pioneer of this ground-breaking new segment, which marks the beginning of sustainable aviation. 

Founded in 2016, Vertical uniquely combines the best of the aerospace, Formula 1 and automotive industries and has become one of only seven companies globally to have successfully flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes.  The VX4, is a world-leading fully composite tilt-rotor winged eVTOL that will carry one pilot and four passengers or cargo.  VX4 is in plan to be  certified in late 2024, placing the business in the top two companies globally with a commercially viable aircraft capable of spanning intra and intercity passenger and cargo eVTOL markets. 

We are seeking an Advance Battery Thermal CFD Engineer that thrives on working on new and novel engineering concepts. You will join a team of highly motivated people that are passionate about creating robust designs using the latest technology to find optimised results for our new generation of battery packs to support our aircraft program.

We are a company that values inclusion and diversity and offer benefits such as flexible working, parental and maternity leave.

The Advance Battery Thermal CFD Engineer will perform cell, module, and pack level Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize thermal performance. This requires working closely with other team members who develop 1D models, and to plan the Virtual Verification activities.

Job responsibilities include but not limited to

  • Lead battery thermal CFD activities, to deliver the design Virtual Verification at key program gateways
  • Lead the development of CFD methodologies
  • Develop models based on customer requirements, creating tests for each requirement, and develop a method to estimate the model quality rating from the model assumptions, type, and validation activities
  • Design and develop sensitivity studies and DOEs to support and optimize the design of all the systems inside the battery boundary.
  • Work closely with the mechanical design team to assess functionality and performance of the design
  • Identify the correct types of models that should be used to answer the engineering questions, and shape the fundamental approach to battery modelling within the company
  • Demonstrate that the design meets the requirements through simulation, analysis, and validation
  • Support test engineers in designing tests to validate the models and improve model accuracy
  • Develop modelling guidelines, documentation, and standards

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Applied Physics, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Aerospace, Systems, or Computer Engineering or related engineering field (Chemistry degree with relevant engineering experience considered).
  • Strong knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
  • Knowledge of Li-ion battery working principles, common battery cell formats, pack design requirements and cooling interactions
  • Understanding of how system level requirements for performance, safety, and durability drive model requirements
  • Experience with commercial CFD software, such as Ansys Fluent, StarCCM or similar.
  • Knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink/Simscape.
  • Strong knowledge of CFD processes
  • Ability to work through problems, starting with first principles calculations and working through to detailed simulation or test.
  • Ability to manage their own time and coordinate with others to prioritise and deliver long-term goals with limited oversight.
  • Strong critical mindset, working from first principles and academic research
  • Ability to learn new concepts and methods, propose design of experiments, and execute independently
  • Excellent technical written, verbal, and presentation skills, with ability to communicate appropriate, concise, and accurate information
  • Problem solving skills, proactive and can-do attitude.


  • Experience in aerospace
  • Research or working experience in the battery simulation field
  • CAD experience



Do you like the look of this opportunity but not sure if you meet all of the criteria we’ve outlined in the advert?

Here at Vertical, we are working to create an environment of growth, diversity and opportunities for people to take on challenges and push the status quo. 

If you are excited about this role or joining us but your experience or qualifications are not completely aligned with the criteria, we would still love to hear from you, this may be the role for you! 


This is an on-going advert and interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received.