I am not aware the F1 in crying out for aerodynamicists/CFD users,
.... unless you have stacks of experience behind you then companies wont even sniff at you. That’s why im having such a tough time getting in to aerodynamics/CFD
Russ don't despair + don't give up.... from what I can see both Keith & you have performed some credit-worthy "generic" CAD/CFD modelling, with a sensible design flow condition.
That's a great start... I reckon, one way into F1 teams is to become a competent authority in the efficient application of particular commercial CFD code, as you say, like FLUENT and STAR-CD (and gaining fans - CFX). So get this experience by taking a less "prestigous" job in the Aerospace/Automotive industry for 2-5 years.
By efficient, I mean a demonstrated ability to grid complex geometries (e.g. front, rear assemblies and full/half car) and to perform the pre-/post-processing in a highly automated fashion.
Iteration is king....(it allows some degree of practical optimisation in the design process - since it's tough to take out the creative human element in innovative design) - teams are v. competitive and know this very well!Being able to slot into and perform one's job in fast design cycles is a key/prerequisite employee attribute I'd venture.
Also a decent understanding of configuration integration aerodynamics would go a long way into making you a race team's kinda person.... those entry level junior scarydynamicist positions as advertised in Autosport are well within your grasp...
... you've already taken the first steps.... pursue your ambition & you will suceed!
...but don't burn out in your first year in the job...! Save something for the long haul... !
Btw, gaining demonstrable competence in some third-party pre-pro s/w like ICEM-CFD/GRIDGEN in addition to GAMBIT/TGRID and post-pro s/w like Fieldview/Ensight could add a string to your bow - though if you can use GAMBIT/FLUENT these'll be a doodle to pick up...!
Also consider getting some basic surfacing CAD skills and maybe familiarity with optimisation s/w would score points....
...old world panel methods/coupled b.l.s have a role to play here - though
have all the usual flow physics limitations that drives one to RANS and detached eddy sim.
However, be warned track testing, tunnel & race engineering are still king, with CFD a junior partner...
... like I'm telling you nothing you don't know already... doh!
Expect your girlfriend/wife to ditch you (or play away) in the first 6 months
when you get sucked into the F1 work ethic!!!
PPPS: If they offer to renew the initial basic, low pay (you're out the door
when we say and banned from working again with no pay) contract make sure you work (insist) on getting some better(cut-down Tech. Dir. gardening leave style) terms, pay-rises, points bonuses and promos...) -> then again you might just have to take what you're given
-> also stay friends with colleagues and the boss (or at least his daughter...!
PPPPS: An aside:- I saw your comments on Hypersonics & Anderson in and about this topic.... ironic as Anderson seems to have made his name in Hypersonics (especially w/t testing heat transfer measurement techniques) + might well not object to being labelled a dyed-in-the-wool experimentalist in his time (ok cfd was in its infancy)... so in this respect I found his CFD book an ironic chuckle, but he's got a great teaching style and is open minded about CFD, wouldn't you agree?