Research Associate

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Associate
Cardiff School of Mathematics

COVID-19 modelling with a focus on air purifiers in educational and other indoor spaces

Applications are invited for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University to work on COVID-19 modelling with a focus on air purifiers and their application for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Katerina Kaouri and collaborators at Cardiff University and Prof Ian Griffiths at the University of Oxford. The results may inform policy-making for the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future epidemics.

Project Description

The aim of the project is to develop comprehensive mathematical models of the transmission of COVID-19 in indoor spaces, focusing on modelling air purifiers. The models will involve numerical solutions of advection–diffusion-reaction equations and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to accurately model air flow, transport of viral particles and filters. The results should lead to quick comparisons between various mitigation measures for the pandemic such as ventilation, masks and air purifiers.  The models will be used to quantify viral transmission in various indoor spaces, with a focus on educational environments and may be used to inform policy-making. Opportunities for further funding may be available.

Benefits and Responsibilities

You will acquire a wide range of professional skills and develop your expertise in cutting-edge mathematical modelling and simulation for understanding transmission of COVID-19 in indoor spaces. You will have the opportunity to publish in high-quality, high-impact scientific journals, present your work to non-academic collaborators and will be part of an interdisciplinary team. 


Candidates with research expertise in computational modelling and simulation of multiphysics problems are encouraged to apply. Good knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is essential for this short-term post. Applicants should have a record of or potential to produce research that reaches the highest standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Candidates should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or other related disciplines.

The Position

This position is full-time (35 hours a week), fixed-term for 4 months, starting as soon as possible and no later than February 2022.  Part-time applications will be considered but the post must end by 31st July 2022.

Salary: £34,304 – £40,927 per annum (Grade 6)

Please note, the appointment will be made at the bottom of the scale, £34,304 per annum (pro-rata if applicable).

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Katerina Kaouri

Date advert posted: Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Closing date: Friday, 26 November 2021

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:”

Job Description

To conduct research within Applied Mathematics with a focus on Fluid Dynamics and computational modelling and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of high-quality research. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.


  • To conduct research within Applied Mathematics with focus on Fluid Dynamics and computational modelling and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 

  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals

  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required

  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting

  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate

  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field

  • To participate in School research activities.

  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects


  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.

  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.

  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world

  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience

  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:

  • Fluid Dynamics

  • Computational modelling

  • Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field

  • Proven ability to publish in journals and/or conferences and/or other research outputs

  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies

  • Communication and Team Working

  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

  • Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

  • Other

  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

  • Proven ability to work without close supervision

  • Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant professional qualification(s)

  • Evidence of collaboration with industry.

  •  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

  • Job Category

    Academic - Research

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