Aerodynamics Industrial Placement - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team


Aerodynamics Industrial Placement

Brackley, United Kingdom

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 Grand Prix winner George Russell.

Whether working in our Operations, Technical, Race or Business Support functions, we are all in and aspire to build the greatest team in the history of our sport.

Every individual plays their part. No stone is left unturned in the chase for every tenth of a second. The history of our sport is long and rich, and we are continuing our journey with renewed effort year on year. Record books remember the names of a few, but history is written by the many.

About the Role:

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, enhance our tools and methodologies, or solve problems relating to fluid flow for our customer projects.

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.

Depending on your specific placement within the Aerodynamics Department, you could find yourself testing in our on-site wind tunnel, evaluating different concepts with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), modelling your ideas using Computer-Aided Design (CAD), or applying your programming skills to develop new analysis tools.

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.

Successful candidates will have:

You have a passion for aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics or fluid motion and are excited about the opportunity to develop your skills by applying you curious nature 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.

A prior interest in motorsport is not required: 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.

Skills you could gain from your placement include:

  • Understanding aerodynamics and fluid flow structures, connecting theory to practice
  • Creating innovative solutions to problems, eg developing aero concepts or improving CFD correlation
  • Interpreting data, eg results from our state-of-the-art aerodynamic facilities
  • Developing tools and methodologies, eg writing programs in Python or MATLAB
  • Designing surfaces and components in CAD
  • Planning and performing test programmes, eg in the wind-tunnel or in CFD


Our riverside campus is powered by 100% renewably sourced energy and features an on-site gym and exercise studio, subsidised restaurant and on-site parking with EV chargers available.

We offer a competitive and attractive package of benefits including private medical cover, annual heath assessments, life assurance, 25 days holiday and a trackside familiarisation day.

Why us:

At the heart of our performance are our people. Every member of our team has a voice and plays their part in contributing to our successes on and off the racetrack.

Through our Accelerate 25 programme, we are continuously working to make our team even more diverse and inclusive. Whatever your background, we believe that you will find working with us rewarding and enriching.

We welcome applications from everyone and are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best and most talented individuals. We will look to provide sponsorship to candidates who require a visa to live and work in the UK, subject to meeting all the necessary Home Office requirements.

Recruitment timings and process:

Typically, our Industrial Placements are for a thirteen-month period starting in July 2024.

By the time the placement begins, you must have at least one academic year of study remaining after your placement.

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

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

Please submit your cover letter and CV as one PDF. Candidates will also be asked to complete our Industrial Placement questionnaire as part of the application process. You may apply for more than one placement but please note that you will have to complete the questionnaire for each application.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 26 September 2023 at 23:59 British Summer Time.

Click here to apply today, or via the apply button below!

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