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Research Assistant/Associate in Enhanced Mini/Microscale Heat Transfer

Requisition ID:  5597

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Jan-2021


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Salary: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 3 February 2021


The role


We are delighted to be seeking a dedicated researcher to investigate intensified heat transfer at the mini/microscale. You will investigate the use of dynamic flows (for example, oscillating flows) and novel channel geometries to create a step-change in liquid phase heat transfer performance. You will use advanced manufacturing methodologies such as additive manufacturing to push the boundaries of geometry optimisation. You will hold a PhD in a relevant subject (or be approaching completion) and have a strong background in either computational heat transfer/fluid dynamics or experimental heat transfer, with some experience of the other. 


You will work on a unique project in the field of mini/microscale heat transfer, with the aim of achieving an order-of-magnitude enhancement in the heat transfer coefficient for liquid-phase cooling. This will be achieved using a combination of numerical and experimental analysis. 


The project is funded by the EPSRC and has a substantial budget for laboratory consumables and travel. 


You will be based in the Newcastle University City Centre campus, working in the Process Intensification Group with access to a wider team of experts from across the School of Engineering, and also our industrial project partners (Aavid Thermal Division of Boyd Corporation, and HIETA Ltd). 


As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level


The position is available on a full time, fixed term basis. It is tenable for 24 months or until the 28 February 2023, whichever date is soonest. 


For all informal enquiries please contact Dr Richard Law via email: Richard.law2@newcastle.ac.uk


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Key Accountabilities


  • Use initiative and creativity to design and optimise new heat transfer surfaces/channel geometries for use with dynamic flows in order to maximise heat transfer rates without significant pressure drop penalty
  • Use CAD to design geometries and CFD software to numerically predict performance
  • Use experimental methods to validate the results of modelling, and demostrate impact
  • Keep personal knowledge of research area up to date
  • Work in a team with other researchers, PhD students and Masters students working in similar areas, taking the lead where appropriate
  • Collect and assess research findings
  • Undertake training and development activities to increase capacity to work effectively
  • Contribute to report, conference presentations and journal article writing for the dissemination of results

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Technical and research skills in the area of heat transfer enhancement and/or mini/microscale heat transfer
  • Experience in the use of CFD software for numerical heat transfer simulation or experience in experimental heat transfer investigation at the mini/micro scale. (one is essential, both would be desirable)
  • Deep understanding of liquid phase heat transfer enhancement and forced convection
  • A track record of high-quality journal publications, suitable for career stage


  • Exposure to or experience in presenting at international conferences
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research students

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability and willingness to communicate your research at national and international conferences, to fellow academics in other disciplines and to stakeholders (e.g. industrial collaborators)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build trust with collaborators
  • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Good planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity and respect in the workplace


  • Good honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • A PhD awarded (or nearing completion - Assistant Level) in a relevant discipline





Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 5597