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General Electric Senior Combustion Dynamics Engineer (m/f) in Baden, Switzerland

Job Description Summary

The Combustion Dynamics Engineer will develop, test, and analyze aerothermal designs for the next generation advanced technology gas turbine combustion systems to meet programs goals related to combustion system and Gas Turbine product requirements. These include cost, operability, reliability and emissions. You will work with the core combustion modeling leadership team to execute towards a details roadmap.

Job Description

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Predict and mitigate combustion instabilities using state of the art tools and experiments during the development of new combustion systems; Design combustion systems to meet program goals related to combustion system and overall gas turbine product requirements.

  • Lead effort to understand, characterize, and quantify the risk associated with the interaction of combustion instabilities with HGP hardware across existing and future fleets of GE gas turbines.

  • Develop medium and long-term plan for eliminating risk of combustion-turbine interaction in the fleet of GE gas turbines.

  • Drive continuous development and improvement of field continuous dynamics monitoring (CDM) system to improve accuracy of measurements and ensure the protection of the GE gas turbine fleet from excessive combustion dynamics throughout the life of the machine.

  • Resolve problems with fielded units related to combustion operability to optimize operation of the unit for hardware durability and customer requirements.

  • Develop, design and validate dynamics mitigation devices to enhance combustion operability and provide differentiated technologies to enhance emissions and combustor turndown

  • Conduct predictive dynamics modeling using 1D and 3D tools incorporating flow network, CFD , dynamics and acoustics elements in order to provide design direction on combustion dynamics performance

  • Support prototype testing at customer sites around the world and in GE’s on-site full load test facility, through test planning activities for efficient and thorough collection of necessary combustion status and dynamics data for full characterization of operability window and combustion dynamics behavior

  • Develop tools and methods for rapid and efficient data processing and presentation for fast turnaround of the results and leanings from lab and field testing activities.

  • Responsible for the preparation of technical reports and presentation summarizing key results to ensure efficient and complete communication to all necessary GE entities, management and customers.

  • Protect GE’s intellectual property and competitive advantage through submission of invention disclosure letters and patent applications in the areas of features and methods for reduction of combustion dynamics, and control of can-to-can interaction of system coherence


  • Doctorate Degree in Engineering/Science or equivalent; with emphasis on Gas Turbine Combustion & Acoustics

  • Advanced research in the area combustion dynamics

  • Advanced course work in combustion and combustion dynamics

  • Significant/Strong engineering experience (Graduate research experience is acceptable)

  • Proficiency in programming languages, specifically Matlab, Python and demonstrated ability to process and work with hi speed data collection


  • Strong interpersonal and team skills

  • Demonstrated strong technical skills

  • Unigraphics (UG) CAD experience

  • Strong understanding of combustion, emissions, acoustics and gas turbine technology

  • Demonstrated ability to use advanced combustion dynamics and CFD models (1D-3D) to understand combustor behavior

  • Proficiency in combustion, acoustics, combustion dynamics, dynamic data acquisition systems, specifically LMS TestLab and/or DSPCon Data Flex, and signal processing

  • Strong computer skills in MS Office and UNIX operating system

  • Ability to conceive ideas to solve combustor aerothermal design problems

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