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Research Fellow in Environmental Flow - Wind Tunnel Dispersion Modelling

School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £31,866 to £40,322 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 15 February 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 15 March 2021
Reference:  010821

Two short-term PDRA positions in the MAGIC project

MAGIC is a high-profile, £4.1M EPSRC funded grant involving the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Surrey. The overarching goal is to develop advanced computational systems to manage airflow and air quality in a city, both indoors and outdoors, the magnitude of the urban heat island, and guide effective response in emergencies. We wish to recruit two full-time, post-doctoral researchers, preferably with experience in wind tunnel modelling of urban flow and dispersion. Both positions will run to the end of the MAGIC programme in mid-December 2021 and will contribute to three main areas: wind tunnel studies; result analysis and interpretation, collaboration with field work studies (analysis of exposure). The posts form part of the larger MAGIC PDRA team that now has as its goal to complete the research work and to finalise and test the complete computational systems. 

The posts at Surrey are in the EnFlo Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. EnFlo is an Atmospheric Measurement Facility within the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NERC/NCAS), is part of the EPSRC National Wind Tunnel Facility, and a leading international centre for laboratory simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow and dispersion processes. It is expected that further research opportunities will arise within EnFlo during the period of the appointments.

Detailed particulars of the post, research topics and requirements can be found by contacting Prof. Alan Robins (, Dr David Birch ( and at

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,817).

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