Research Assistant / Associate in Turbulence over Porous / Rough Surfaces

University of Cambridge Department of Engineering

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on turbulence over porous/rough surfaces

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The appointee will conduct direct numerical simulations of turbulent channels bounded by complex surfaces/substrates. The simulations will span a range of Reynolds numbers, domain sizes and substrate configurations, and include simulations where the substrate is fully resolved and simulations where its presence is modelled through equivalent, modelled boundary conditions. Developing those conditions with a physics-based approach will be an essential part of the job. The appointee will examine the overlying turbulence and its coupling with the intersticial flow to elucidate the effect of both roughness and porosity. Where spanwise-coherent structures are observed, the appointee will conduct linear stability analysis to produce reduced-order model for the substrate.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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