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Research Associate in CFD

Requisition ID:  5568

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum


Closing Date: 5 February 2021

The Role


We are delighted to be seeking a dedicated individual to join the Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems research group, which has cutting-edge expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics and multi-phase flows.


You will work on the subject of Direct Numerical Simulations of Premixed Flame-Wall Interaction in Turbulent Boundary Layers utilising high-performance computing at the School of Engineering of Newcastle University.  You will be involved in presenting research outcomes in international conferences and interaction with industrial colleagues, thus requiring excellent interpersonal skills as essential.


This position is full time (37 hours per week) on a fixed term basis, available immediately for 3 years


For more information about the School of Engineering, please click here


Further particulars and informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Nilanjan Chakraborty, nilanjan.chakraborty@ncl.ac.uk , Tel: 0191-208 3570.


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, 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.


Key Accountabilities



  1. You will be expected to carry out computational analysis of turbulent premixed flame-wall interaction in turbulent boundary layers
  2. You will also be expected to perform DNS simulations using high performance computing resources and post-process the data to develop improved models for Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes and Large Eddy Simulations
  3. Responsibility of reporting duties and meetings associated with the work
  4. Taking a leading role in the dissemination of research outcomes including the preparation of research papers describing the research work performed


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Experience in using/developing decision-support tools and/or assessment of innovation and technology using performance indicators

• Understanding and experience of Direct Numerical Simulations (Desirable)
• Understanding and experience in using high performance computing and parallel programming (Desirable)
• Understanding and experience in mathematical modelling and analytical reasoning (Desirable)
• Knowledge of FORTRAN programming (Desirable)
• Experience in parallel programming and high performance computing (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to write computer programmes
  • Ability to successfully write research journal papers
  • Ability to carry out original research
  • Ability to communicate and present the research outcomes in front of academic and industrial colleagues
  • Excellent written and oral skills




  • PhD in a relevant subject (combustion, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, applied mathematics, applied physics)
  • First or upper second class honours degree in an engineering or applied physics or applied mathematics


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.


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.


Requisition ID: 5568