Research Assistant / Associate in Investigating Acoustic-Flow Interaction Models for Aeroacoustic Optimisation

Imperial College London Department of Mechanical Engineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

We are seeking an excellent post-doctoral researcher to join the AFIRMATIVE project at Imperial College London. This ERC-funded project develops, validates and uses analytical models for the acoustic-flow interactions that occur for flows passing through acoustic damper and burner geometries. The models will capture how incident acoustic waves are either damped or amplified due to interactions between the acoustic waves and the flow. The...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01427
  • Date posted 18 November 2020
  • Closing date 17 December 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking an excellent post-doctoral researcher to join the AFIRMATIVE project at Imperial College London.

This ERC-funded project develops, validates and uses analytical models for the acoustic-flow interactions that occur for flows passing through acoustic damper and burner geometries. The models will capture how incident acoustic waves are either damped or amplified due to interactions between the acoustic waves and the flow. The models will be validated using flow simulations, and used as the basis for optimising the geometry of the dampers or burners for acoustic performance. This will be relevant to eliminating thermoacoustic oscillations in the aerospace and power industries, and to optimising acoustic dampers across a wide range of industries.

The post will form a key component of the AFIRMATIVE project (2018-23), funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor Aimee Morgans.

Duties and responsibilities

Your key duties and responsibilities will be:

  • To derive and validate analytical models for transmission/reflection/absorption of acoustic waves incident on the flow through different damper and burner geometries.
  • To validate these models using flow simulations.
  • To use these models and/or simulations as the basis for optimizing the geometry of the dampers/burners for acoustic performance.
  • To prepare results for publication and dissemination via presentations, scientific papers, outreach activities and public/industrial engagement.
  • To be key member of the research group and perform reasonable tasks related to the project.

It will also be possible to contribute to the supervision of PhD students and Masters level projects and to contribute to Department teaching.

Essential requirements

You will need:

  • To have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Engineering or related discipline (or proven research experience/equivalent).
  • An excellent first degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Significant research background in thermoacoustics, aeroacoustics or related fluid dynamics.
  • Experience of computer programming, including for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

The post will require excellent analytical, computational and team-working skills.

Further information

This is a fixed term position up to May 2023.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Professor Aimee Morgans at a.morgans@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

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