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Research Associate/Fellow in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Fixed term)


Location:  Jubilee Campus
Salary:  £28,762 to £43,414 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Friday 31 March 2023
Reference:  ENG082723

Applications are invited for a researcher to conduct multiphase Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling for aerospace applications. For the successful candidate this will provide an exciting opportunity to be part of delivering key technical advancements to the aerospace sector that will advance knowledge of ultra-efficient propulsion systems for short and short-medium range aircraft. 

The successful candidate will join the Gas Turbine and Transmission Research Centre (G2TRC) within the Faculty of Engineering as part of a team of researchers involved in CFD modelling activities across a wide range of project and application areas. The candidate will develop novel numerical models for the numerical simulation of evaporating droplets in sheared flows. This will involve implementing algorithms to improve the interface advection, surface tension and phase-change estimation within an open source CFD solver. The candidate will liaise with world-leading experimentalists within the University of Nottingham to validate the numerical data and develop correlations for use in lower fidelity models. 

Candidates must have or be near completion of a PhD in engineering, applied mathematics or a related subject area, with a major component in using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Essential skills that the successful candidate will possess include: effective collaborative working in a multi-disciplinary environment; creative thinking and problem solving; and the ability to clearly communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences. They are also expected to have experience in OpenFOAM or an equivalent opensource CFD simulation tool. C++ programming experience, a strong foundation in multiphase flows, fluid mechanics and phase change processes, and experience with related numerical methods are all strongly desirable for this role. 

This full-time post (36.25 hours) is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EU, EPSRC, BEIS, Innovate-UK and directly with industry. The faculty is also dedicated to equality, diversity, and inclusion; it was awarded engineering department in the UK to be awarded an Athena Swan Gold award for advancing gender equality in higher education. Applications from all backgrounds are encouraged.

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