Research Associate (NERC)

Manchester Metropolitan University - Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology


Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the UK's largest and most popular Universities. Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a large and successful School in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. It is committed to delivering high quality teaching, world leading and internationally excellent research, and working with industry. The School saw improvements in REF 2014 outcomes in all the units of assessments in which members were submitted, and we are aiming to improve further the quality and volume of research for the next research assessment exercise. The School has a long track record of securing grants from research councils, EU and government backed bodies like Innovate UK. The School works closely with employers, particularly in the region's vibrant digital sector, on funded projects.

A fantastic opportunity for a capable postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) opens in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Flow Analysis (CMMFA), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. The CMMFA has been established for over 20 years and is well known for its leading research in development and application of computational hydraulics and aerodynamics. The post holder will undertake a NERC funded research project, aiming to develop a quantitative assessment tool and a company database for efficient determination of wind effects on wave overtopping at sea walls. This is a collaborative research among the leading experts from Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal HaskoningDHV, HR Wallingford, Environment Agency, EDF Energy, and Torbay Council. The PDRA will have an excellent opportunity to work together with the experts and make significant contribution to this exciting research area.


To undertake quality research and detailed analysis. This includes short site visit for a field survey, 6 weeks experimental work in HR Wallingford, short placements in EDF Energy and Royal HaskoningDHV, development of the assessment tool for wind effect on wave overtopping, and the company database for two specific coastal defences typical of wind effect on wave overtopping.

To prepare, report progress at regular basis throughout the project, and present findings to appropriate internal and external groups, such as research forums, conferences, or seminars, as required.

Ideal Candidate:

The candidate should generally have a PhD degree in Coastal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics or a closely related area. He or she should have strong research experience in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and free surface modelling with good knowledge in Numerical Methods and Mathematical Modelling.

In addition, he or she has good experience in writing CFD codes and is able to develop new or improve existing CFD codes using one of high-level computer languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C++). Having knowledge and skills in software development are desirable and a plus. A good interpersonal skills appropriate to collaborations, both internally and externally is also important.

Informal enquiries are welcome to contact Dr Jian Zhou ( or 0161 2471550).

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