Research Assistant in Turbomachinery at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in machinery at University of Cambridge, UK. This position is available for 12 months. The deadline for applying is December 17, 2018.

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering’s Whittle Laboratory, to work on steam turbine exhaust system aerodynamics.

The key responsibilities and duties are : – A low speed steam turbine exhaust system rig with a representative range of flow conditions. – Geometry generation using CAD, and directly by writing bespoke scripts using scripting programmes language such as Matlab and/or Python. Experiment and instrumentation: – Including: concept generation, producing CAD models & drawings, liaising with designers/suppliers. – Running test programs on wind tunnels at the Whittle Laboratory. Translation of experimental findings back into improved exhaust system designs. CFD based steam turbine exhaust design systems and analysis tools, involving: – All parts of CFD processes, including geometry definition, mesh generation, debugging, pre&post-processing. – Develop numerical tools for aerodynamic design and optimisation of turbine exhaust systems. – Propose new design concepts to improve the performance and flexibility of the exhaust system. – Writing bespoke analysis scripts using Python/Matlab, FORTRAN to process experimental and CFD data into meaningful forms.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are: The candidate should: – have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in turbomachinery (or a closely related discipline). Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD.

– have a good knowledge of aerodynamics. – understand turbomachinery and wind-tunnel testing and data reduction – be familiar with CFD. Knowledge of turbomachinery CFD is beneficial. – have experience in designing, building and instrumenting aerodynamic test rigs, running experimental programs and postprocesses. Experience of low-seed wind-tunnel testing is beneficial. – have experience in running turbomachinery CFD and Modelling in CAD. – have good team work and interpersonal communication skills, be willing to communicate with specialists in the research community, industry, students as well as the general public both orally and in writing. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs. Juliet Teather e-mail: (Tel +44 01223 337581)


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