Research Assistant/Associate in High Fidelity Computational modelling of Intake Aerodynamics

Job summary

The Department of Aeronautics is seeking a researcher to assess the suitability of a high-fidelity spectral element code, Nektar++, to model the shock wave boundary layer interaction arising in intakes at incidence. This project is funded through the Aeronautics Technology Institute (ATI).

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00563
  • Date posted 24 October 2018
  • Closing date 7 November 2018

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Aeronautics is seeking a researcher to assess the suitability of a high-fidelity spectral element code, Nektar++, to model the shock wave boundary layer interaction arising in intakes at incidence. This project is funded through the Aeronautics Technology Institute (ATI).

Duties and responsibilities

You will explore the application of the high fidelity CFD solver, Nektar++, on prediction of shock-wave boundary layer interaction in intakes at incidence. The project will explore the use of the Nektar++ framework using an under-resolved DNS/iLES simulations. The simulation methodology will be validated on a simplified, but realistic 2D test case and it is expected to demonstrate/deliver:

  • understanding of the sensitivity to Reynolds number:
  • distinguish stable from unstable flow conditions with varying inflow incidence and Mach
  • identify the requirements for high fidelity “experimental like”, accuracy including computing costs, procedures and best practice.

Essential requirements


  • Research Associate - Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline.

  • Research Assistant - Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline.


Applicants should be able to demonstrate a genuine passion and excellence in research via their track record. The applicant should have extensive knowledge on the development of computational fluid dynamics methods, C++ and preferably high order methods using spectral/hp element discretisations.

Further information

Informal enquiries regarding the position can be made to Professor Spencer Sherwin (s.sherwin@imperial.ac.uk )

 Should you have any queries relating to the recruitment process please contact: Lisa Kelly: l.kelly@imperial.ac.uk

 For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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