Research Associate in the Nuclear Engineering Group.

Job summary

The Nuclear Engineering Group is looking to hire two Researchers in the area of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulic analysis using computational fluid dynamics. Our group comprises ~20 PhD’s and postdoctoral research associates, engaged in research into reactor physics and shielding, reactor studies, thermal hydraulics and nuclear safety. There are several collaborative research projects underway that these posts will support, including in...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01128
  • Date posted 17 December 2019
  • Closing date 19 January 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Nuclear Engineering Group is looking to hire two Researchers in the area of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulic analysis using computational fluid dynamics. Our group comprises ~20 PhD’s and postdoctoral research associates, engaged in research into reactor physics and shielding, reactor studies, thermal hydraulics and nuclear safety.

There are several collaborative research projects underway that these posts will support, including in particular (i) the application of CFD methods to the prediction of “departure from nucleate boiling”, and (ii) the use of CFD in a major programme of HTGR accident studies.

The work will vary between focussing on small-scale, “first principles” modelling, seeking to gain a greater understanding of the microscopic processes governing the macroscopic phenomena to computation modelling relating to large-scale experiments into the response of an HTGR to major depressurisation faults.

These posts will be part of multiple collaborations, working with a range of institutions from around the globe and there will be flexibility in working on the different projects according to the postholders’ strengths.

 

Duties and responsibilities


  • You will be working on computational models to develop small-scale “first principles” models, in order to gain a greater understanding of the microscopic processes governing ‘departure from nucleate boiling’


AND / OR



  • You will be working on computational modelling to investigate the phenomena that governs behaviour into an HTGR system following major primary circuit breaches.


 


Other duties:



  • You are also expected to contribute to the initiation, supervision, management and administration of other research in the group.

  • You will be key in building and developing of interactions with researchers in other universities and research institutes.

  • It is likely that travel to India and/or America will be required.


 

Essential requirements


  • You must have (or be close to completing) a PhD in the application, and preferably also the development, of CFD methods, and ideally experience of application of CFD to nuclear engineering.

  • You will have an appreciation of the role of transient gas flows, boiling and analysis of boiling in nuclear reactor design and safety.

  • You must have an understanding of CFD methods.

  • In order to work on the nucleate boiling work you must have experience of the application and development of methods for two-phase CFD analysis. This experience is desirable for the HTGR work.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 27 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38.566 per annum.

Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

 

Queries relating to the positions should be directed to Dr Michael Bluck or Dr Simon Walker at m.bluck@imperial.ac.uk, s.p.walker@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

 

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Additional information

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