Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a one year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the area of discrete element modelling and computational fluid dynamics. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00849
  • Date posted 16 May 2019
  • Closing date 17 June 2019

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a one year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the area of discrete element modelling and computational fluid dynamics. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability(EP/P010393/1)”. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Catherine O’Sullivan.

The primary focus of the proposed research is to use coupled discrete element method (DEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to improve understanding of seepage induced internal instability. The particular mechanism of interest sometimes referred to as suffusion. The researcher will be involved in code development, setting up and running discrete element method simulations and interpreting the results.

The start date for this research post is July 1 2019 (with limited flexibility for moving it) and the salary will be based on the level of relevant experience of the successful candidate.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to 12 months.

Duties and responsibilities


  • You will use coupled DEM / CFD simulations to better understand the processes that govern particle migration under fluid flow in densely packed systems of particle.

  • You will also implement the necessary code developments in the DEM code LAMMPS including linkages with the CFD code OpenFOAM, as well as developing procedures for verification/checking of simulation approach.

  • You will simulate permeameter tests using spherical and non spherical particles, and carry out appropriate parametric studies to explore key issues regarding shape effects.

  • The project involves linking numerical simulations appropriately to ongoing experimental work at the University of Sheffield.

  • You will also have the opportunity to present findings to colleagues and at conferences, workshops, and to industry, and to submit high quality publications to refereed journals.

Essential requirements


  • At Research Assistant level holding a good Undergraduate degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) in engineering of physical sciences is essential. To be appointed at Research Associate level you must also have a relevant PhD (or equivalent).

  • Experience with DEM is essential and experienced with coupled DEM/CFD modelling is desirable.

  • Applicants with experience using the LAMMPS, LIGGGHTS or OpenFOAM open-source codes are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are also essential as is a strong ability in engineering mathematics and mechanics.


*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Catherine O’Sullivan at cath.osullivan@imperial.ac.uk

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Lucy Chivers at l.chivers@imperial.ac.uk. 

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk. 

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