Research Associate in Numerical Modeling of Multiphase Flows

Imperial College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

Salary in the range: £36,070 to £43,350 annum*

Fixed term appointment until 31/05/2017

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to work at Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering, at the South Kensington Campus. The main role of the post holder will be to carry out research in the area of numerical modelling of multiphase flows. The purpose of the project will be to develop CFD models that incorporate a number of different complexities that arise naturally in industrial processes: complex geometry, turbulence, heat transfer and phase change, a particulate phases, and viscoelasticity. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop scale-up and scale-down rules based on sound fundamentals. This post will be funded by Shell. The post holder will interact closely with Shell: there will be frequent meetings with Shell colleagues in terms of progress meetings and site visits to ensure that the numerical modelling results are validated against experimental and plant data provided by Shell.

The successful candidate should hold, or be near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in fluid mechanics, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, applied mathematics or a closely related discipline. You should have a strong background in multiphase fluid mechanics, heat transfer, CFD, and numerical modeling involving a particulate phase.  You should also have considerable experience in running CFD codes for large-scale, parallelised computations. You should have knowledge of turbulence, heat transfer and complex rheology, and of programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C++).  Knowledge and experience in adaptive mesh refinement is desirable.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Omar Matar (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160370AM. Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Zoe Townsend at

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