Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Job summary

This project will use real-time field measurements from a working university computer laboratory alongside theory and numerical simulations to develop a state-of-the-art modelling and design tool, [D*]stratify, which will predict and control thermally stratified environments. Such environments play a crucial role in determining the fate of airborne contaminants such as SARS-CoV-2, the viability of low-energy alternatives to energy-intensive...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02116
  • Date posted 22 April 2022
  • Closing date 3 June 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

This project will use real-time field measurements from a working university computer laboratory alongside theory and numerical simulations to develop a state-of-the-art modelling and design tool, [D*]stratify, which will predict and control thermally stratified environments. Such environments play a crucial role in determining the fate of airborne contaminants such as SARS-CoV-2, the viability of low-energy alternatives to energy-intensive air conditioning and in other applications concerning energy and climate, such as efficient energy storage, reservoir management, pollution modelling and ecological modelling.

Your role as research associate will be to implement forward and adjoint numerical models of stratified fluids, and to investigate and analyse their performance in the thermal control problem.  The models will use the Firedrake and dolfin-adjoint automated finite element systems to enable rapid development of sophisticated numerical models. The project is a unique opportunity to combine fundamental understanding of turbulent mixing and flow energetics with data assimilation and deployable modelling tools. You will work with fluid dynamicists from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mathematics alongside researchers undertaking complementary work on areas including geophysical fluid mechanics, urban fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, ocean mixing and scientific computing. 

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop a suite of numerical tools to model and control thermal stratifications. The theoretical analysis and modelling will be undertaken in collaboration with a second research assistant, who is currently collecting and analysing field data. Your work will be disseminated at international conferences, incorporated in open-source software, and published in prestigious journals in fluid mechanics and building physics. You will also contribute to the supervision of UG, MSc and PhD research students in the group and to the development of future research and industry funding proposals.

Essential requirements

    • PhD (or equivalent) in engineering, physics or applied mathematics.
    • Experience developing code for modelling problems in fluid mechanics.
    • Understanding of buoyancy-driven flows/stratified turbulence.
    • Good written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr John Craske at john.craske07@imperial.ac.uk

Please include a CV and relevant examples of your work with the online application.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at b.webb@imperial.ac.uk

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