Research Fellow

University of Birmingham

Duration: Fixed-term until 30 September 2020

Solid-Liquid Flows - Experimental and Theoretical Studies

Applications are invited for a post to carry out experimental and theoretical work in the field of solid-liquid flows. This project is part of an EPSRC-funded collaboration with academic partners at the University of Surrey and Daresbury Laboratory. 

The movement of solid-liquid suspensions in pipes and vessels of various scales is a generic complex problem which poses immense scientific challenges to both academia and industry.  Industries dependent on solid-liquid flow are numerous, e.g. chemicals, consumer goods, food, pharmaceuticals, oil, mining, river engineering, construction, power generation, biotechnology and biomedical. This post will address the experimental challenges of the project using advanced Lagrangian and Eulerian flow imaging techniques to gain physical understanding of the pertinent phenomena of solid-liquid flow in different flow systems across the scales micro, meso, macro , to develop analytical models and to provide data for the validation of numerical models and simulations developed by the other academic partners.

Applicants should have a strong first degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline and a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a relevant subject. They should have a strong background in fluid mechanics and rheology. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Birmingham to work on experimental as well as theoretical aspects of the project, and to collaborate with researchers in Surrey and Daresbury Laboratory.

The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties/responsibilities of this post are outlined in the ‘Job Description’ document and include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering internal/external seminars and presentations. Applicants should complete an online application form, available from the website detailed below, provide an up-to-date CV and a letter of motivation describing clearly their suitability for the role, and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees.  Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. M. Barigou via e-mail:

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 55607 in all enquiries.

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