Vacancy Ref: : 044912 Closing Date : 01-Oct-2018
Contact Person : Dr Matthew Borg Contact Number :
Contact Email :
1. Job Details

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Discrete Particle Fluid Dynamics

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Unit (if applicable): Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids

Line manager: Dr Matthew Borg

2. Job Purpose
This Postdoctoral Research Associate position is to contribute to research on particle-laden (granular) flows within the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids at the University of Edinburgh, in a project that is funded by EPSRC and in collaboration with colleagues at Heriot-Watt University.

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Undertake research and software development related to particle fluid dynamics. This will entail both independent research work and working in collaboration with other researchers on molecular dynamics, multiscale modelling and granular simulations. The successful candidate will proactively engage with collaborating researchers to identify fruitful lines of research in this area, with a view to understanding, defining, and quantifying the numerical simulation of particle fluid dynamics. (60% of time)
  2. Dissemination of research findings through internal reports, conference proceedings, and journal publications (15% of time)
  3. Liaison with and support of colleagues on the EPSRC-funded joint project on particle laden flows, possibly including domestic and international travel and support of meetings at the University of Edinburgh and other venues as appropriate. (10% of time)
  4. Develop plans for personal research and contribute to wider development of group strategy to identify and agree priorities for current and future work. (5% of time)
  5. Contribute to writing bids to win ongoing research grants. Provide guidance to other staff and students interested in integrating methods/results from this work into their own activity to ensure most effective use, particularly within the University of Edinburgh and other external collaborators, as appropriate. (10% of time)

4. Planning and Organising
• Work with the line manager to define and plan a programme of relevant research work and then to produce publishable results within appropriate timescales.
• Work independently to plan the schedule of tasks to ensure that work of the projects progresses according to agreed overall timetable.
• Organise own time so that different aspects of the project can proceed in parallel giving due consideration to the needs of other members of the team.
• Be proactive in interacting with project partners to share data and ideas.
• Take a leadership role in regular project meetings to report and review progress, and to generate new ideas and lines of research.
• Determine the aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with the Line Manager (particularly for medium term planning).
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with the Line Manager and other researchers.

5. Problem Solving
• Be resourceful in overcoming problems encountered in the development of new approaches and the implementation of existing techniques in the normal course of the research.
• Define the methodology to solve the problems in the project.
• Work in close cooperation with the other project investigators, project partners, technical staff, and PhD students working on the project to resolve problems, as required.

6. Decision Making
• The post-holder should be able to organise his/her work schedule to ensure satisfactory progress and to meet the demands (where realistic) of other project partners, PhD students, etc. The successful candidate will play an important role as a member of the team in making daily decisions about their own plan of work and the allocation of time and resources.
• Manage day-to-day work load, making independent decisions about immediate priorities to meet short and medium term targets that have been agreed with Line Manager.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships
Frequent (daily to weekly) contact with other researchers in the project team and relevant research groups including academic staff, other postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.
Regular (weekly to monthly) contact with other researchers working on relevant problems in the University of Edinburgh.
Regular (typically monthly) contact with key stakeholders, likely to include industry.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• A good undergraduate degree and a PhD in engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a clearly related area, with a focus on computational particle fluid dynamics, or a closely related area.
• Proven track record of research in particle fluid dynamics, with a specific focus on molecular dynamics, granular simulations, or closely related areas.
• Experience in developing computational research software in OpenFOAM or C++.
• Experience running simulations on high performance (parallel) computers.
• Experience in delivering research project results in an academic and/or industrial research context; i.e. a record of peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in a relevant area.
• Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical backgrounds.
• Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a pro-active and flexible approach to work.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed milestones.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
• Good time-keeping and time-management, with associated effective prioritisation of tasks.
• Good communication skills; oral, writing and presentation of data.
• Ability to contribute ideas and initiate new ways of working.

• Experience in using particle and CFD solvers (e.g. LAMMPS, mdFoam+, dsmcFoam+, OpenFOAM).
• Familiarity with Unix/Linux operating systems, and of writing shell/perl scripts.
• Fluency in C++, with experience of writing software in this language.
• Ability to be adaptive and accepting of new ideas and a willingness to approach new challenges and adjust plans to meet new priorities.

9. Dimensions
• Potential to help supervise up to 2 PhD students and 2-4 Masters project students.
• Work collaboratively with other postdocs, industrial and academic partners, PhD students from the participating and related groups and researchers from other universities.
• Responsibility for regular progress reporting to project partners.
• Keep line manager up-to-date with progress.
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the field of discrete particle fluid dynamics.

Application Procedure

The closing date is 5pm on 01 October 2018.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Discrete Particle Fluid Dynamics – The University of Edinburgh

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