Postdoc Position in Laboratory Modelling of Natural Ventilation

University of Cambridge, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in fluid mechanics. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 11, 2018.

A position exists to work on the EPSRC project ‘Managing Air for Green Inner Cities’ (MAGIC), which aims to develop an integrated suite of models that supports cities to develop their own natural heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

MAGIC brings together a multi-disciplinary research team to develop a decision support system consisting of: (i) air quality model that interacts with sensor data, providing calculations of air flow, pollutant and temperature distributions, coupled to naturally ventilated buildings, and green and blue spaces;

(ii) reduced order model that allows rapid calculations for real time analysis and emergency response; (iii) cost-benefit model to assess the viability of options and decisions. Duties include: developing the link between the flow in naturally ventilated buildings and the external air flow, including heat and pollutant transport from the exterior into the building and vice-versa. This will be achieved by developing reduced order models for building air flow based on laboratory experiments and linking them to the large eddy simulation air flow model Fluidity. The post holder will assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies, communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects and plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The research will include conducting laboratory experiments on natural ventilation in a water flume; developing reduced order models that can be linked with Fluidity; conducting studies of case-study buildings; and comparing model results with the case study monitoring data.

The successful candidate should have or be about to receive a PhD in fluid mechanics or a related field, and experience in applications to convective or turbulent flows and in developing mathematical models; experience with laboratory techniques would also be an advantage.

Interview will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

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