Research Assistant or Research Fellow

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment

Energy and Power / Geo-Energy Engineering Centre

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) in Multiphase Flow Induced Fluid-Flexible Structure Interaction

Fixed Term Contract of 3 years to ideally commence February 2018 (or until 31 March 2021 if later start date)

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood.  The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

The UK oil and gas industry has been at the heart of the UK prosperity for 50 years and is internationally recognised as a world leader in providing the best-trained engineers, extensive supply chains and consultancy supporting global business.

This post will be part of a new EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary project “Multiphase Flow-induced Fluid-flexible structure InteractioN in Subsea applications (MUFFINS)” which assembles a multidisciplinary team from Newcastle University, Imperial College London, Cranfield University, National University of Singapore and industrial oil and gas companies to develop the next generation of pioneering technologies and cost-efficient tools for the safe, reliable and real-life designs of subsea systems (pipelines, risers, jumpers and manifolds) transporting multiphase hydrocarbon liquid-gas flows in offshore oil and gas applications.

You will focus on multiphase flow experiments to validate models and software tools developed by the project team, including rig design and set-up, instrument installation and calibration, experimental data collection, analysis and report.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in Chemical, Mechanical, Process systems, Offshore, Subsea or Oil & Gas Engineering, or related discipline, with excellent record in computer programming and data analysis. You will have fundamental and practical knowledge and experience in multiphase (liquid-gas) flows, flow-induced vibrations, vortex induced vibrations, fluid-structure interactions, offshore subsea pipelines and risers in oil and gas applications, with experience of working with industry partners.

You will have knowledge in structural mechanics, vibrations, hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics, with proven ability to publish fundamental and applied research in high impact journals, and to integrate well with the multidisciplinary research teams. You will have excellent interpersonal and project management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write technical reports and scientific journal papers, with experience in big data analysis and management, and in transferring knowledge to a general public and non-specialist audiences.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Yi Cao, on +44 (0)1234 754781 or (E);

Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive.

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 754223. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2567.

Interviews to be held: 9 January 2018

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