Research Assistant/Associates in Turbulent Flow Research

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Research Assistant Salary in the range: £31,740 to £33,370 per annum

Research Associate Salary in the range: £36,070 to £43,350 per annum

Fixed term appointment up to 16 months

Applications are invited for Research Assistant/Associate positions in Turbulent Flow Research.  The post will be funded by a five-year €2.3M European Research Council (ERC) funded Advanced Grant. The Research Assistant/Associate’s work will be part of a wide programme including turbulence interscale dynamics in non-equilibrium and equilibrium regimes with various types of turbulence cascade and interscale exchanges and evolutions, dissipation, vortex and strain-rate dynamics; related statistics of the multiscale topology within the turbulence; two-point and one-point turbulent theories and modelling and related turbulent flow profiles, self-similarity and self-preservation, and conservation laws; mixing and heat transfer by a new class of fractal/multi-scale stirrers which also define new canonical flows; aerodynamic forces and their fluctuations on fractal/multiscale objects and new types of wakes, jets and plumes. Both boundary-free and wall flows will be considered with a preference for spatially developing turbulent flows as well as interactions of different turbulent flows. Both fundamentals and applications will be included in the overall research programme, the latter including wind tunnel simulations of atmospheric flows, wind turbines, mixers and heat transfer devices. See also

For appointment at Research Assistant level, you must have a Bachelor or Masters degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics and be close to achieving a PhD degree (or equivalent) in one of these disciplines. For appointment at Research Associate level, you must have a PhD (or proven research experience/equivalent) in one of these disciplines. 

The successful candidate should have a strong background in fractal/multiscale-generated turbulent flows and/or multiscale energy transfer analysis of turbulent flows. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Christos Vassilicos (

For an introduction to the Department of Aeronautics, and for more information on the Department’s research and the research environment, please visit our website at

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Lisa Kelly by email at:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website  (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN20160410AM into “Keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Closing date: 23 December 2016

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