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Aerospace Post Doc
Accelerate Wind

Date Posted Apr. 14, 2022
Title Aerospace Post Doc
University Accelerate Wind
Birmingham, AL, United States
Department NA
Application Deadline May 15, 2022
Position Start Date Jun. 1, 2022
  • Online / Remote Position
  • Post-Doc
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

Accelerate Wind looking for a post-doctoral fellowship through the American Society for Engineering Education’s Innovative Post-doctoral Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship (I-PERF), which funds up to a two year post-doctoral fellowship. We’re seeking external flow computational fluid dynamics experts or wind turbine design experts who have earned a PhD in the last 7 years in a National Science Foundation-supported STEM discipline to join our team through this fellowship opportunity.

Accelerate Wind is an early-stage startup, focused on helping commercial buildings affordably reach their renewable energy goals. Today we do this through our edge of roof wind turbine which uses modern airfoil shapes to take advantage of the fact that wind speeds are naturally faster at the edges of the roof than other parts of the roof. Our system has been designed alongside scientists at Argonne National Lab, and funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and many others over the course of our research and development. A core piece of our design involves validated computational fluid dynamics models which allow us to use modern airfoil shapes to direct wind coming over the edge of a building towards a wind turbine.

This is an opportunity to get involved with a small startup team at an exciting time and explore whether the entrepreneurial world may be a good fit for you. We’d love to find someone who could be a potential long term team member as well! If you’re looking to get involved at an early stage and have a meaningful impact on a small company, this role may be for you.

Our team is passionate about sustainability, customer-focused, and looking to develop scalable solutions to climate change.

With guidance from the management team, you will lead development of computational fluid dynamics modeling processes throughout your fellowship. We have a baseline setup and best practices that we have developed in Ansys Fluent for 2D and 3D modeling of our system. You will evolve this baseline setup to allow us to rapidly iterate through a number of wind and terrain-related scenarios. This may include expanding the model to be able to operate on the cloud, refining processes for meshing and analysis, or investigating alternative software options. Computational power and required software will be provided by Accelerate Wind for all work.

Following refinement of this setup, you will work to analyze individual scenarios and optimize our design to maximize power production and LCOE for varying wind conditions. This step will involve both creative design work and work to optimize the run time and efficiency of the CFD models. This task has the ability to contribute significantly to Accelerate Wind’s product development and make a meaningful difference.


  • Experienced in external flow computational fluid dynamics

  • Preference for familiarity with Ansys Fluent, though proficiency in other tools may also qualify

  • Experience modeling large systems, such as flows around buildings.

  • Skilled in optimizing work flows with up to 20 million cells

  • Excited about working in a dynamic, quick-paced startup environment

  • Able to work independently and comfortable analyzing problems and defining direction amidst uncertainty

  • Skilled at taking complex problems with many parameters and simplifying them to their base components in ways that lead to clear, compelling solutions.

  • Interest in entrepreneurship, fast-paced startup culture, and making a difference in our sustainability challenges


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