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Research Fellow in Aerodynamics

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £34,308 to £40,931 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 31 January 2023
Reference:  091922

The aims of this project is to develop new strategies for rapid transonic drag prediction at the early stages of aircraft design, as part of a large collaborative project with industry and other academic partners. Transonic aerodynamics is highly nonlinear, making the prediction of drag extremely challenging. 

We are seeking a post-doctoral research fellow to develop new methodologies to address this challenge, using a range of fidelities of aerodynamic analysis tools. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD (or about to obtain one) in computational aerodynamics and/or transonic flows, for a period of up to 30 months. Extensive experience in scripting languages such as Python or MatLab is essential. Experience with design approaches, such as machine learning, surrogate modelling, optimisation etc. would also be an advantage. Candidates should have a strong enthusiasm for aerodynamics and computational methods.

The main responsibilities include: 

- develop new strategies for rapid transonic drag prediction; 

- CFD workflows, including geometry preparation, meshing, and post-processing; 

- integration and automation of analysis and design tools.

The post holder must have: 

- Doctoral degree (or thesis submitted).

- Experience in external flow/aerodynamics.

- Python/MatLab software development experience (essential).

This is a Fixed Term Contract for up to 30 months.

Please submit your CV and a covering letter with your application.

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£33,314) 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 (£34,308).


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