Research Assistant/Associate in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Requisition ID:  26881

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  26 Mar 2024



Research Assistant £31,396 - £32,982 per annum

Research Associate £33,982 - £36,024 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: 30 April 2024



The Role


We are excited to invite applications for a Research Assistant/Associate in experimental fluid mechanics.  We are keen to hear from those of you who have an interest in the broad field of fluid mechanics.  You will join a diverse community of colleagues based in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics at Newcastle and will have access to our fluids laboratory housed in our newly renovated Stephenson Building.  The position is funded through a Leverhulme Research Project Grant and includes a generous allowance for travel, training, and dissemination activities. The project will be supervised by Dr Magda Carr at Newcastle University and will involve collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bath, Loughborough University, Penn State University, the University of Waterloo and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The project will investigate mode-2 internal solitary waves and involve a combination of laboratory-based research and numerical modelling. 


You will play a key role in performing the laboratory experiments, visualising, and measuring fluid flow, processing data, developing numerical simulations, and working as part of the wider team involved in the investigation. You will get the opportunity to collaborate with leading academics in the field and be encouraged to travel and disseminate your findings through conference participation and Journal publications.


The role is full time, fixed term for a period of 30 months and the anticipated start date of 1 June 2024 is negotiable.

You will be supervised by Dr Magda Carr at Newcastle University and in addition will work closely with co-investigators Dr Ricardo Barros (Loughborough University) and Prof Paul Milewski (University of Bath & Penn State University).

This opportunity presents you with the following prospects: 

  • The opportunity to collaborate with world-leading academic experts on stably stratified flows, in the field of internal waves
  • The opportunity to work in a cross-disciplinary team utilising a range of techniques including experiments, numerical modelling, and applied mathematics
  • Publishing research in high quality journals and presenting papers at international conferences


Please contact Dr Magda Carr at if you would like to discuss the opportunity further.


To apply please upload a CV and a letter of application which outlines how you can evidence the knowledge, skills and experience required in the person specification below.


Key Accountabilities


  • Conduct experimental research in the field of mode-2 internal solitary waves
  • Conduct numerical simulations in the field of mode-2 internal solitary waves
  • Manage research work and the efficient use of resources
  • Manage various research activities simultaneously
  • Ensure project plans are completed and reviewed
  • Monitor project progress and deliver results within given schedules
  • Provide regular research project performance update reports to the project team


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Experience in experimental flow visualisation and measurement technologies and/or computational fluid dynamics
  • Knowledge in collection of data sets and data interpretation
  • Ability to work in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of, or exposure to article publications in high profile journals
  • Experience of, or exposure to the dissemination of research outputs to a range of audiences in a variety of formats and settings (e.g. peers, students, public; journal papers, conferences and web material)




  • Good understanding of experimental fluid dynamics including particle image velocimetry
  • Good understanding of numerical computation of fluid dynamics including high-performance computing
  • Understanding of internal solitary waves
  • Very good communication and written skills
  • Demonstrate teaching skills
  • Knowledge in proposal writing 

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Good inter-personal skills and the ability to liaise with the research team involved
  • Experience of, or exposure to presenting and explaining research outputs in different ways
  • Willingness to travel locally, nationally, or internationally at the discretion of the Principal Investigator
  • Ability to work independently, and flexibly as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Committed to embedding the values of equality and diversity in all aspects of the work
  • Potential for leadership in research and innovation




  • PhD awarded (for Associate level) or close to completion in fluid dynamics (or a closely related discipline area)
  • Honours degree (2.1 or higher) in mathematics, engineering, physical oceanography, or another relevant discipline


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26881