Research Associate / Fellow in Engineering

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

CFD Research Associate/Fellow in Engineering


Closing Date:Thursday, 16th July 2020

Job Type:Research


Salary:£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a researcher to lead computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling within an EU Cleansky 2 project ‘Advanced Cavities Using High Resolution Additive (ACUHRA) .  ACUHRA is a multi-institutional research project focused on delivering key technical advancements to the EU aerospace sector that will advance knowledge and control of flow in Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) seals and cavity geometries using additive manufacturing (AM).  The vision is to use AM and advanced CFD methods to produce lightweight and innovative components for swirl control to facilitate the design of more efficient low pressure turbines.  

A key part of the research is to use state-of-the-art high fidelity CFD to inform and assess swirl control design concepts including the use of large eddy simulation (LES) and hybrid Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) – LES methodologies.  In addition to this, design concepts will be assessed and improved using advanced optimisation techniques including adjoint methods and experience in such approaches would be very beneficial.  Once designed, components will be manufactured using AM and tested experimentally by a project partner.  As such this is a highly collaborative project and will involve working with partner institutions including industry.

The successful candidate will join the Gas Turbines and Transmissions 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.  They will primarily work in close collaboration another university who are undertaking the experimental studies in this project.  For the proposed activities an experienced researcher will bring significant CFD practice and optimisation experience.  Experience of CFD modelling using Fluent or similar software and modelling of gas turbine seals and cavities would be very attractive. 

Candidates must hold a Degree, or equivalent in a relevant area and a PhD or equivalent (or shortly due to complete) in engineering, applied mathematics or a related subject area, with a major component in using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Key to the success of the application will be the ability of the applicant to demonstrate that they can undertake complex CFD studies. Practical application of CFD in particular, optimization methods, and meshing systems.  The ability to work in a team, and interact professionally with collaborators is essential as this project will operate in close collaboration with colleagues in industry and at another university.

This full-time (36.25 hour) post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30th June 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Richard Jefferson-Loveday: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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