Computational Scientist in Fluid Structure Interaction

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Fixed Term (2 years)

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

We deliver world class research, innovation and skills for the UK. We combine world-class facilities including the Central Laser Facility, the Hartree Centre, ISIS and RAL Space, with major international collaborations with organisations such as CERN and some of the world’s most talented staff. Our Laboratories at Harwell, Oxfordshire and Daresbury, Cheshire are positioned at the heart of a joint venture initiative to stimulate innovation and growth.

About The Role

There is currently an opportunity for a motivated and ambitious researcher, with expertise in solving Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) problems to join the Computational Engineering and Environment Group, within the Scientific Computing Department, at Daresbury Laboratory. The group already has a strong and diverse skill set across various aspects of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and High Performance Computing (HPC) and is now looking to expand its research scope into the solution of industrial and academic FSI problems in order to tackle multi-physics and multi-scale challenges faced by industry and academia.

Ideally you will have demonstrable experience in FSI, through both practical solution of problems as well as through a track record in research around the area.

This role will work with a number of high-profile industrial partners on FSI problems currently of the most importance to them as well as with other scientists within STFC and academia.

You will have a strong computational mechanics background but will be well-versed with fluid dynamics in order to allow you to draw on expertise already within the group and define the solution to a complete FSI problem.

Duties will include:

  • To scope and create solutions to the FSI problems faced by UK industry and academia today
  • To perform proof of principle calculations to establish and demonstrate new scientific capabilities and ideas
  • To attend, and present at, relevant conferences within the UK and internationally.

About You

You should hold, or be about to receive, a Postgraduate Degree (PhD etc.) in a physical science, engineering science, computer science or mathematics.

It is essential that you have knowledge of Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) as a research topic and experience of scientific software development on HPC for FSI problems.

You will have experience of programming in one or more typical scientific languages (C/C++/Fortran) as well as experience of working in Unix/Linux environments.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 1st October 2017.

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