PhD: Elasto-inertia turbulence

Updated: about 9 hours ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 22 Aug 2020

UCL Department / Division
Mechanical Engineering
Location of position
Duration of Studentship
Four Years
£16,777 per annum
Vacancy Information
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is offering a Four Year funded PhD studentship in the area of Elasto-inertia turbulence.

The project will be based in the FluME lab (UCL Mechanical Engineering) and supervised by Prof. Stavroula Balabani in collaboration with Prof Helen Wilson, (second supervisor) and Drs JJ Gillissen (UCL Mathematics), N. Cagney (QMUL) and T. Lacassagne (UCL ME). The team have been successfully collaborating in the field in recent years complementing experiments with theory and mathematical modelling.

The successful applicant will be provided superb training by an experienced team that works well together and offers state-of-the-art training with 1 to 1 supervision, leading students to win various prestigious prizes, including ‘Best Thesis Awards’ from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Reynolds Prize (ERCOFTAC) and the European Society of Biomechanics.

Studentship Description
We have secured a 4-year studentship as part of an EPSRC DTP programme on Fundamental Aspects of Engineering research. The project builds upon our recent research on complex fluids for future manufacturing and aims to elucidate the onset and nature of elastoinertia turbulence (EIT) induced by polymers and its implications for manufacturing. Advanced flow diagnostic techniques such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) will be applied to macroscale and microscale flows of polymer solutions of varying viscoelasticity with a view to elucidate the nature of EIT, establish onset criteria and harness it to enhance transport phenomena.
Person Specification

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated engineering or physics/applied maths graduate, preferably with a MEng/MSc degree, to join this project. The role will involve the design and implementation of a series of experimental campaigns to characterise flows of polymer solutions in Taylor Couette or microfluidic geometries using optical flow diagnostics and image processing techniques. Applicants should demonstrate:

· Strong interest in the field of fluid mechanics and complex fluids in particular

· Strong analytical skills, creativity and an aptitude for experimental work.

· Experience in experimental design, instrumentation and Matlab programming

· Good written and oral communication skills.

· Independence and ability to work collaboratively as part of a team

· Well-organised, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

Previous research experience is desirable but not necessary as training will be provided.


This funding is available to UK nationals and EU (non-UK) nationals. To be eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate, you must normally be a national of an EU country, or the relevant family member of an EU national, and have been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or EU Overseas Territories for the 3 year period before the first day of the first academic year of your programme. Please see the UCL Student fee status page to determine your appropriate tuition fee

We actively encourage the application of female applicants for this position. Please DO NOT enquire about this studentship if you are ineligible.

Eligible applicants should contact Prof Stavroula Balabani ( quoting the job reference number. Please forward a CV (including at least two referees), a covering letter and a transcript of results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks). The supervisory team will arrange interviews for short-listed candidates. After interview, the successful candidate will be required to formally apply online via the UCL website. For further information, see
Contact name
Stavroula Balabani
Contact details
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Closing Date
22 Aug 2020
Latest time for the submission of applications
Interview date
This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.
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