Research Fellow in Fluid Dynamics (80211-047)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Warwick, ENGLAND
Deadline: 01 Jun 2017

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
£29,301-£38,183 per annum
The University of Warwick - Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed term for 3 years
A 3-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Mathematics Institute at Warwick to lead challenging research into developing new models for free-surface microflows. This will form part of a substantial EPSRC-funded project Darcy-scale dynamics of microscopically fluctuating interfaces.
The project is motivated by recent experimental discoveries, by partners in Cambridge, that small-scale liquid-liquid interfaces can be driven into motion by elastic turbulence in the bulk flow. Working in partnership with colleagues at Birmingham, this project will develop micro-models that feed into a macroscopic theory for the phenomenon. At Warwick, the focus will be on gaining insight into the fundamental physical mechanisms using a combination of modelling and computational simulation.
This position is to work with Dr James Sprittles and Dr Colm Connaughton in the Mathematics Institute, which in REF2014 was placed first in the UK for Research Environment with 92% of the research was rated world leading or internationally excellent.
You will also be integrated into an ever-expanding group of 12 researchers (including 5 PDRAs) tackling related micro and nano flow phenomena (see and will be expected to participate in their weekly group meetings.
You should have (or be due to submit soon) a PhD, or have equivalent experience, in physics, applied mathematics, in an engineering science, or computational science. You will need to have a strong background in mathematical modelling and some experience of computational simulation. You will have a record of research papers published in journals (or accepted to be published).
A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, you will be able to manage your own workload, working both independently and as part of a team as required. You will demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm for the research programme and the development of further research opportunities.
Following submission of the online application form you will need to submit your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a research statement. All applicants should also ensure that their 3 referees send their references by email to Ann Hume, (Departmental Secretary, Department of Mathematics, University of Warwick) by email to by the closing date.
The position will commence in September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is a fixed-term post for 36 months.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on Level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the Level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301).
Job Description
Job Purpose
A 3-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Mathematics Institute at Warwick to lead challenging research into developing new models for free-surface microflows.
Duties and Responsibilities
To contribute to the research climate within the department and to further its international standing by conducting high-quality relevant research.
• To work collaboratively with other researchers and senior investigators on the project.
• To establish a sound research base in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality, consistent with making a substantial research contribution in line with the departmental objectives of maintaining their world-class research performance.
• To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department.
Administration and Other Activities
• To participate in relevant professional activities, such as departmental research seminars.
• To participate in the organisation of research workshops and other events.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but to provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
PhD or equivalent with a mathematical modelling component (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Research expertise in mathematical modelling. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 4
Evidence of quality research output from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates (a)(c)(d)
Essential Criteria 5
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a)(c)(d)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a)(c)(d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Some experience of computational simulation (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Expertise in free surface flows (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a) (c)
Further Particulars
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We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. The Department of Mathematics holds a bronze Athena SWAN award and the University of Warwick holds Athena SWAN silver awards. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia.
We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.
Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the Nursery.

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Closing Date
1 Jun 2017
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