Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Computational Reactive Flows

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

 


Job Details

LECTURER UE08

Job title: Lecturer in Computational Reactive Flows

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Mechanical Engineering


Job Purpose

You will conduct research in the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) within the School and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School.


Responsibilities: Teaching (approx. 45% of time)

  1. Carry a normal teaching load, teaching up to senior honours and Masters levels, in the Mechanical Engineering discipline.
  2. Deliver teaching in some of the following areas at both Masters and honours levels: 
    a. Fundamental principles of flow and reactive-flow engineering (as practiced by Mechanical Engineers) at the undergraduate level 
    b. Specialised MSc courses in reactive-flow engineering.
  3. Teach core topics in the Mechanical Engineering discipline. Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and/or design teaching would be particularly welcome.
  4. Develop, deliver, manage and review courses appropriate to their specific expertise;
  5. Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects;
  6. Provide academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students;
  7. Contribute to the School’s general teaching and administration activities.


Responsibilities: Research (approx. 45% of time) 
You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Mechanical Engineering that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

  1. Initiate, perform and deliver research into the area of computational/experimental reactive flows. The University of Edinburgh aims to attain an internationally excellent position in this domain.
  2. Demonstrate research of at least nationally excellent quality, and related publishing activity, and the potential to win competitive research funding.
  3. Engage and contribute to their sub-group of research staff and students within IMT.
  4. Participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world.
  5. Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  6. Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.


Responsibilities: Leadership and Management (approx. 10% of time) 
You will undertake and deliver appropriate leadership and management duties within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment. Examples include acting as the teaching laboratory co-ordinator for the specific teaching discipline, liaising with students undertaking extra-curricular innovation projects, etc.


Planning and Organising

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects. 
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research and management/administration activities. 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum. 
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.


Problem Solving

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems. 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students learning. 
• Prioritise and allocate work to research staff in own team.


Decision Making 
• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy. 
• Decide on research project spend and timescales. 
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential requirements

• PhD and first degree in Mechanical Engineering. 
• Experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in the disciplines identified below, or evidence of aptitude to do so. 
• Ability to win research funding. 
• A number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications. 
• Potential to achieve excellence as a skilled and committed educator. 
• Demonstrable academic and research initiative. 
• Capacity to develop academic leadership 
• Experience of successful engagement with research staff, students and projects. 
• Commitment to become an excellent and motivated educator. 
• Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills 
• Excellent written and spoken English 
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning.

A nationally-evident reputation for performing quality research or potential to achieve this, with demonstrable track record modelling reactive flows for Mechanical Engineering applications. 
These can include: 
• Internal Combustion (IC) engines operating under a variety of fuel preparation modes (e.g. premixed, partially premixed, non-premixed) and/or combustion modes (partially premixed compression ignition (PPCI), reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) etc.) 
• Surface interactions including transient wall heat transfer, wall modelling, flame quenching, and near-wall chemical effects. 
• Spray physics; including cavitation, primary breakup, mixing, spray-induced turbulence, vaporization, drying, and reaction. 
• Models for fluid mixing and mixtures as they approach the critical point and beyond, including changes in transport properties, fluid mixing, and chemical reaction, with an emphasis on non-equilibrium processes and their rates. 
• Chemically reacting flows in other Mechanical Engineering applications such as pharmaceutical production, pyrolysis processes, electrochemistry, catalysis etc. 
• Development of Direct Numerical Simulation and use of the results to inform model development. 
• Development and application of Large Eddy Simulation methods; development and application of novel subgrid models and/or approaches to chemistry. 
• Development and application of predictive and computationally efficient models. 
• Comparison of models with experimental data.

Desirable requirements

• Good administrative skills. 
• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences. 
• Qualifications leading to chartered engineer status.


Key Contacts/Relationships

• Work closely with the Director of Discipline and with all colleagues in Mechanical Engineering, as well as colleagues within the Research Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids. 
• Line manage staff on research grants and supervise PhD and project students. 
• Represent the University in discipline-focused teaching, research and industrial networks involving peers in the UK and internationally. 
• Act as personal tutor for assigned taught students.


SENIOR LECTURER UE09

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Experimental Reactive Flows

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Mechanical Engineering


Job Purpose

You will conduct research in the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids within the School and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School, taking responsibility for development and leadership within research and/or teaching activities.


Responsibilities: Teaching (approx. 35-45% of time)

  1. Carry a normal teaching load, teaching up to senior honours and Masters levels, in the Mechanical Engineering discipline ensuring that teaching activity is of high quality.
  2. Deliver teaching in some of the following areas at both Masters and honours levels: 
    a. Fundamental principles of flow and reactive-flow engineering (as practiced by Mechanical Engineers) at the undergraduate level 
    b. Specialised MSc courses in reactive-flow engineering.
  3. Teach core topics in the Mechanical Engineering discipline. Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and/or design teaching would be particularly welcome.
  4. Develop, deliver, manage and review courses appropriate to their specific expertise;
  5. Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects;
  6. Provide academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students;
  7. Contribute to the School’s general teaching and administration activities.


Responsibilities: Research (approx. 35-45% of time) 
You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Mechanical Engineering that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

  1. Initiate, plan, lead, perform and deliver research into the area of computational/experimental reactive flows. The University of Edinburgh aims to attain an internationally excellent position in this domain.
  2. Demonstrate research of at least internationally competitive quality, and related leadership and publishing activity, and the ability to win competitive funding (UK, Europe, International) to support this research in the world arena.
  3. Build and lead a vibrant and interactive sub-group of research staff and students within IMT.
  4. Create, lead and participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world.
  5. Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  6. Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.


Responsibilities: Leadership and Management (approx. 10-30% of time) 
You will undertake and deliver substantive leadership and management duties/roles within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment, such as Discipline Programme Manager or Senior Tutor or similar roles, chairing committees and task forces for specific projects, leading on key areas of responsibility. This could also include participating in the recruitment and selection of new School lecturers and contributing to the development of colleagues through mentoring or provision of advice.


Planning and Organising

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects. 
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research and management/administration activities. 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum. 
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.


Problem Solving

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems. 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students learning. 
• Prioritise and allocate work to research staff in own team.


Decision Making

• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy. 
• Decide on research project spend and timescales. 
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential requirements

• PhD and first degree in Mechanical Engineering. 
• Significant experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in the disciplines identified above. 
• Evidence of winning significant research funding. 
• A significant number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications. 
• Excellence as a skilled and committed educator with the ability to teach required subjects with highest proficiency across the range of undergraduate provision. 
• Demonstrable academic and research leadership, team building and delivery. 
• Proven ability to provide leadership for activities in delivering the School's objectives. 
• Experience of managing, motivating and supporting research staff, students and projects. 
• Excellence and commitment as a motivated educator. 
• Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills. 
• Excellent written and spoken English. 
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning.

An internationally-evident reputation for performing quality research, with demonstrable track record in reactive flows for Mechanical Engineering applications. 
These can include: 
• Internal Combustion (IC) engines operating under a variety of fuel preparation modes (e.g. premixed, partially premixed, non-premixed) and/or combustion modes (partially premixed compression ignition (PPCI), reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) etc.) 
• Surface interactions including transient wall heat transfer, wall modelling, flame quenching, and near-wall chemical effects. 
• Spray physics; including cavitation, primary breakup, mixing, spray-induced turbulence, vaporization, drying, and reaction. 
• Models for fluid mixing and mixtures as they approach the critical point and beyond, including changes in transport properties, fluid mixing, and chemical reaction, with an emphasis on non-equilibrium processes and their rates. 
• Chemically reacting flows in other Mechanical Engineering applications such as pharmaceutical production, pyrolysis processes, electrochemistry, catalysis etc. 
• Development of Direct Numerical Simulation and use of the results to inform model development. 
• Development and application of Large Eddy Simulation methods; development and application of novel subgrid models and/or approaches to chemistry. 
• Development and application of predictive and computationally efficient models. 
• Comparison of models with experimental data.

Desirable requirements

• Good administrative skills. 
• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences. 
• Qualifications leading to chartered engineer status. 
• Professionally qualified, ideally to chartered engineer status, with relevant industrial experience 
• Established relationships with UK and International collaborators.


Job Context and any other relevant information

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. it was the first university in the UK to have a Regius Chair of Engineering, bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1868. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, with the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering.

The individual appointed will be expected to contribute to research in the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) and to teaching and administration in the School of Engineering. 
They will be expected to: 
• teach to undergraduate and masters level students; 
• identify and propagate visions for new research; 
• generate external research funding and deliver significant output; 
• publish in quality peer-reviewed research journals; 
• undertake appropriate administrative duties; 
• contribute to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School

The University’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). It offers the following 5 year MEng and 4 year BEng degrees.

• Mechanical Engineering (BEng Hons) 
• Mechanical Engineering (MEng Hons)

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering: 
• Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (BEng Hons) 
• Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (MEng Hons)

Further details are available on the undergraduate degrees programmes are available from www.see.ed.ac.uk/drupal/prospective/undergraduate. The School runs a growing range of successful MSc programmes and the candidates must be able to contribute to teaching and project supervision in at least one of these programmes.


Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

 

Contact Person :   Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh
Contact Email :     hos.eng@ed.ac.uk


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