Scientist in Computational Fluid Dynamics and HPC

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - STFC Daresbury Laboratory

Contract Type: Fixed Term 24 Months

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 are responsible for supporting, co-ordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development. Our uniqueness lies in the breadth of our remit and the sheer diversity of our portfolio, as we harness our world-leading expertise, facilities and resources to drive science and technology forward.

About the role

We are seeking a Computational Scientist with substantial experience in developing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes. Ideally, the person would also have experience in mesoscopic modelling, particularly the lattice Boltzmann method. You will contribute to the project “HiLeMMS”, which is funded by the EPSRC through its Software Flagship Project Call.

The programme is to develop a high-level mesoscopic modelling system supporting the research activities within the UK Consortium on Mesoscale Engineering Sciences. Specifically, the system will exploit the ‘code once, compile and run anywhere’ approach by automatically generating codes for multiple computing architectures (e.g. GPU and Intel Xeon Phi) and various meshing techniques.

The role involves the investigation of interesting and important flow features as well as developing the “HiLeMMS” package, and working closely with a dynamic team comprising of STFC members of staff and a wider range of stakeholders interested to exploit the outputs.”

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities: 

  • To develop the “HiLeMMS” in collaboration with both internal and external partners
  • To perform “proof of principle” calculations to establish and demonstrate new capabilities
  • To develop new collaborative research opportunities, providing technical guidance and discussion of opportunities with partners
  • To contribute to and develop proposals for funding from both industry and academia
  • To visit researchers and partners based at other sites
  • To prepare and submit journal papers for publication, detailing the outcomes of the research.

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.

You will have experience of advanced software development in computational fluid dynamics and experience in programming using C/C++.

Knowledge of fluid dynamics and its application and knowledge of modern hardware and programming techniques is essential for this role.

You must have experience of working in Unix/Linux environments.

Experience in the lattice Boltzmann method and Python language is preferred.


An excellent index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time 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 12th November 2017.

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