Research Assistant/Associate in High Speed Compact Compressors

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering to work on a project researching the design and analysis of high-speed, compact compression systems with Dyson Ltd. The aims are to understand the aerodynamic performance limits of small compressors and to develop design rules for the ultimate high efficiency device that has adequate stability. The work will involve the application of a range of advanced experimental and computational methods. Detailed testing of various configurations manufactured by rapid prototyping will be conducted to explore the available design space. These tests will be complemented by state-of-the-art CFD to investigate the aerodynamic loss sources and to develop new designs. It is expected that the researcher will work closely with both academics in Cambridge and the research team at Dyson Ltd. They will also co-supervise research students and undergraduate projects.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  1. A PhD (or close to obtaining a PhD) in turbomachinery aerodynamics or a related subject.
  2. Experience of using advanced CFD codes, experience of a range of experimental methods for aerodynamic testing and knowledge of turbomachinery design.
  3. Ability to supervise students undertaking research, to interact with industry contacts, other researchers and technicians, to present and discuss research and to publish research papers.
  4. Ability to organise own time and to independently drive research activities.
  5. Some experience of the following would be beneficial: CFD of complex flow problems, detailed aerodynamic experiments, rapid prototyping and testing, knowledge of transition and turbulence models for CFD, DNS and LES.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175 Research Associate: £30,175 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a research publication list and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs Juliet Teather, email (Tel +44 01223 337581).

Please quote reference NM12847 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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