Research Assistant/Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Combustion

Requisition ID:  27342

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10 Jul 2024



Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum

Research Associate: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 10 October 2024



The Role


Applications are invited for a position of Research Assistant/Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computational Combustion. This is an exciting opportunity and your contribution will be critical to the delivery of the outcomes for an Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded research project (EP/Y017951/1) on swirl stabilised hydrogen premixed flames. 


The research aims to deliver on the following:
1.    An advanced Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) database for hydrogen-air premixed swirl flames under representative combustor operating conditions.
2.    A comprehensive understanding and a detailed analysis of the behaviour of the Processing Vortex Core (PVC) under non-reacting and reacting flow conditions.
3.    Identification of the combustor operating conditions for which hydrodynamic/thermoacoustic instabilities exist.
4.    An in-depth analysis on extinction strain rates and heat release rate for lean hydrogen premixed flames. The outcomes of this project will offer knowledge on the flame stability limits and will contribute to the development of hydrogen based power generation and propulsion devices (e.g. gas turbines used for power generation and aircraft engines).


Our research group based in the School of Engineering has world leading expertise in CFD, turbulent flows and turbulent reacting flows. To succeed in this role, you will need to design and deliver on our research outcomes at local and international conferences and interact with industry experts. Therefore, we especially seek a candidate with excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to network and influence. You will engage with our PhD students and the wider research community within the group.  


This is a full time and fixed term position. The role is available from December 2024 and will run until the 30th November 2027 in the first instance. We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


To find out more about this role and to view the job description, please click here.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Umiar Ahmed at


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Requisition ID: 27342