Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Thermofluids

University of Derby - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Inspire, Innovate, Impact.

The College of Engineering and Technology offers a Post-doctoral Research fellowships in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment for 3 years.

The University of Derby is one of the most successful modern universities in the centre of a thriving multicultural city, renowned for technology and innovation; focused on real world, experiential learning, informed by research, we are committed to providing a high quality student experience and meeting the needs of our local and regional employers. The Post-doctoral Research Fellowships are part of the REF investment for College of Engineering and Technology. The College aims to deliver a 3* Performance in REF2021 in Mechanical Engineering, Built Environment, Electronics, Computing and Mathematics.

The PDRF involves a 3-year research project. Your main research topic will be agreed once you are offered a place and following an interview with the Principle Investigator (PI). The research project will be conducted over 3 years working within a research team at College of Engineering and Technology, The University of Derby comprising academics, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff.

The candidate for this vacancy is expected to contribute towards currently ongoing research projects in Thermofluids area but also to initiate and develop, with senior colleagues, new research initiatives. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become more and more widely used in both research and engineering design but accurate simulation of turbulent/transitional flow is still a big challenge, especially when combustion, heat transfer and two phase flow are involved. We are hence looking for a research fellow to carry out challenging research in numerical simulation of transitional/turbulent flow including two phase flow, heat transfer and combustion. The candidate must hold a PhD in Thermofluids area, a record of research papers published in reputable journals, and have extensive CFD modelling experience (code development experience would be desirable). Candidates with a strong background in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Flow instability and transition
  • Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) or Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)
  • Numerical simulation/modelling of two phase flow, heat transfer and combustion.

We encourage applications from a diverse workforce who can help us achieve our desire to be the ambitious student’s natural choice for quality, support and achievement.


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multi-cultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for yourself or family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities

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