Research Associate in Fluid Mechanics
University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
United Kingdom

Applications are sought for a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) to work in the field of fluid mechanics, to start on 01 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Rich Kerswell (DAMTP) and his collaborators Dr Jacob Page (Edinburgh) and Prof. Yves Dubief (Vermont) on an EPSRC funded project to investigate coherent structures in polymer (viscoelastic) turbulence. Currently, there are believed to be three different types of viscoelastic turbulence: polymer-adjusted Newtonian turbulence, elastic turbulence at low Reynolds numbers and elasto-inertial turbulence that requires both inertia and elasticity to exist. The objective of the project is to explore the connections between these different forms using a combination of numerical simulations and modern bifurcation analysis (e.g. Page, Dubief & Kerswell Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 154501, 2020).

Duties will include developing and conducting collaborative research objectives and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature, work in a team, be able to build internal and external contacts and plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The role holder is expected to have a background in high-Reynolds-number fluid mechanics and expertise in computational fluid mechanics, preferably direct numerical simulations of the Navier-Stokes equations or variations thereof, including HPC usage. Past experience of viscoelastic flows is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will have a PhD in applied mathematics, mechanical engineering or physics with a considerable computational component.

Please address enquires about the application process to:

Academic enquiries to Professor Rich Kerswell: or Dr Jacob Page:

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You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement (up to 3 pages), and the contact details of at least two academic referees. Please ensure that your referees supply references by the closing date and are made aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE25532 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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