Aerodynamics Industrial Placement (Ref REQ-220565)

Closing Date: 02/10/2022 23:59:59

Job Description

At the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, a group of passionate and determined people work to design, develop, manufacture and race the cars driven by seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and rising star George Russell.

We are looking for curious undergraduates who are enthusiastic about aerodynamics to join our department.

You don’t need to be a motorsports fan: we are more interested in your potential to apply your aerodynamic skills and understanding to practical engineering challenges.  Whatever your background, we believe that you will find your time with us a memorable and enriching experience.

As a placement student with us you will enjoy the same responsibilities and creative freedoms as our full-time employees and will make a very real contribution to the performance of our Team, both on and off the track.  Working collaboratively as part of a small group, you will apply your thoughtful and inquisitive nature to exciting projects that improve the aerodynamic performance of our car or enhance our tools and methodologies.

Supported and mentored by experienced engineers, you will see your skills develop over your time with us.  You will return to university to complete your studies having enjoyed an experience that helped you grow as an engineer.

Skills you could gain during your placement include:

  • Understanding aerodynamics and flow structures, connecting theory to practice

  • Creating innovative solutions to problems, e.g. developing aero concepts or improving CFD correlation

  • Interpreting data, e.g. results from our state-of-the-art aerodynamic facilities

  • Developing tools and methodologies, e.g. writing programs in Python or MATLAB

  • Designing surfaces and components in CAD

  • Planning and performing test programmes, e.g. in the wind-tunnel or in CFD

Candidate profile:

You have a passion for aerodynamics and are excited about the opportunity to apply your skills to stimulating projects.

Your commitment and diligence have yielded good university results and you have developed a good appreciation of the basics of aerodynamics or CFD. 

With a broad overview of your subject and an open and honest communication style, you relish collaborating in a team setting and enjoy discussing technical concepts.  You are equally comfortable working on your own, applying your reflective nature, interpretive skills, attention to detail and dependable judgment to understand complicated engineering problems then propose and evaluate viable solutions in a timely fashion.


We offer a competitive package including bonus, free on-site gym, subsidised restaurant facilities, generous discounts from our sponsors, Christmas & Summer parties and opportunities to work with our factory Race Support team.

We are highly focused on equal opportunities and pride ourselves on our strong, inclusive values and culture.

Recruitment timings and process:

Typically, our Industrial Placements are for a thirteen-month period with an anticipated start date of 3 July 2023.

By the time the placement begins, you must have completed a minimum of two years at university, with at least one academic year of study remaining after your placement.

Application is fully online. When you apply you will be asked to upload your CV and cover letter (the preferred format is one single pdf file). You will also complete an online application form including details of your academic study and relevant experience. Following your application, you will be emailed links to our online testing. The Hiring Manager will review your application and test scores and if successful you will be invited to attend a short video interview. The final stage will be an assessment centre to be held in late October / November.  This may be virtual or in person. Due to the volume of applications, we only provide feedback to candidates who are invited to the final stage.

We welcome applications from all candidates and will look to provide sponsorship to those who require a visa to live and work in the UK, subject to meeting all the necessary Home Office requirements.

All assessments in the recruitment process are in English: this is the primary language used within the organisation and you will need a good command of it in the Industrial Placement role.

This position is office-based, at our campus in Brackley, United Kingdom.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 2nd October 2022 at 23:59 British Summer Time.