Research Assistant/Associate in Experimental Fluid Mechanics (Wind Energy)
Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Aeronautics. You will have the exciting opportunity to work on a cutting-edge project to develop the tools for designing the next generation of more efficient offshore wind farms, funded by EPSRC. This will involve performing novel experiments for wind-turbine wakes using the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities within the Department of Aeronautics....
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- Reference ENG02458
- Date posted 23 January 2023
- Closing date 22 February 2023
Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Aeronautics. You will have the exciting opportunity to work on a cutting-edge project to develop the tools for designing the next generation of more efficient offshore wind farms, funded by EPSRC. This will involve performing novel experiments for wind-turbine wakes using the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities within the Department of Aeronautics. This post is part of a five-year fellowship that will see a research team of five people being assembled at the time of appointment. This project involves collaboration with both Vestas and Frazer-Nash Consultancy in the UK and academic collaboration with the University of Oldenburg in Germany.
Your track record should demonstrate excellence in acquiring experimental data and applying fundamental turbulence theory and analysis tools to produce high-quality scientific output. You are expected to have a strong publication record, commensurate with their experience. You will also be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the research team towards the common goal of developing tools to optimise future wind farms.
Duties and responsibilities
The post involves overseeing the fabrication of wind-turbine models to be tested in the Department of Aeronautics’ water flume and wind tunnels. State-of-the-art experiments will then be performed to track the coherent structures present in the near wake of the turbine (e.g. the blade tip/root vortices) as well as measuring the turbulent entrainment rate into the far wake in response to varying freestream turbulence. The experiments will make use optical techniques (particle image velocimetry and planar laser induced fluorescence) for simultaneous measurements of velocity and scalar.
You are required to have experience in:
- Design of physical experiments;
- Aerodynamics measurements, principally PIV for velocity measurements and PLIF for tracking scalar sources;
- Analytical techniques for fluid motion, in particular turbulent dynamics and modal decomposition;
- Experience modelling turbulent flows, through a combination of analytical and data-driven approaches is strongly desired;
- Presentation of data and ideas both orally and in publications.
Those appointed at Research Associate level
Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
Those appointed at Research Assistant level
A first / masters degree (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant.
This is a full time, fixed term position until 30 June 2026.
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