Scientist in Computational Fluid Dynamics and HPC

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

Contract Type: Fixed Term 36 Months

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About the role

We are seeking a Computational Scientist with substantial experience in modelling particle-fluid flows. Ideally, the person would also have experience in developing codes for high-performance computing. You will contribute to the project “A holistic framework for hybrid modelling of solid-liquid flows”, which is funded by the EPSRC standard research scheme.

In collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey, the full programme involves both experimental and numerical investigations. For the part of numerical modelling, the aim is to develop a multiscale framework for modelling the detailed features of particle-fluid flows by coupling advanced solvers including discrete element method (DEM), lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD).  The developed models will be validated against the experimental results. The work at DL will be particularly focused on the coupling of LBM and other particles solvers.  

The role involves the investigation of interesting and important flow features, collaborating with project partners on code development and working closely with a dynamic team comprising of STFC members of staff and a wider range of stakeholders interested to exploit the outputs.

Main duties will include:

  • To simulate particle-fluid flows
  • To develop codes for coupling LBM with DEM and/or CGMD based on the DL_MESO package
  • To collaborate with project partners
  • To perform “proof of principle” calculations
  • To prepare and submit journal papers for publication.

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 in lattice Boltzmann modelling and in programming using C/C++ or FORTRAN.

Knowledge of particle modelling, e.g. the discrete element method and of modern hardware and programming techniques is essential for this position.


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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