Research Associate in the Fluid Dynamics of Morphing Blades

The University of Edinburgh - School of Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

This Research Associate position will contribute to the research in applied fluid dynamics within the Institute for Energy Systems of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The Institute for Energy Systems is a world leading centre of research, innovation and knowledge transfer in marine energy research, thus contributing to society’s needs for secure, sustainable and affordable energy into the next century and beyond.

This project is led by Dr Ignazio Maria Viola in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Cranfield University, Nova Innovation and SRI International (California). The aim of the project is to prove nature-inspired flexible blade designs and disruptive meta-materials that will mitigate load fluctuations to enhance turbine’s efficiency and durability. This project targets Stage 1 of technology development, corresponding to Technology Readiness Levels 1 to 3. It will include the development of mathematical models and validation with experiments.

The project is likely to have a considerable impact on the wind and tidal energy industry, as well as academic impact in nature-inspired fluid dynamics research and fluid-structure interaction. Hence, the post-holder would likely be in exceptionally good standing for future academic work and/or industrial roles by the end of the post.

The contract will have a duration of 18 months full-time at Grade 7 (£32,548 - £38,833). It is envisaged that shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in December 2017, and it is expected that the selected candidate will commence the position in February 2018.

Closing Date: 15 December 2017 at 5pm GMT

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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