Research Fellow in Fluid Dynamics – 58503

University of Birmingham

Grade - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

A 3-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the School of Mathematics at Birmingham to lead challenging research into theoretical and modelling aspects of the interaction of interfaces of different nature, including capillary effects and solidification fronts. The work will be part of a 5-year research project supported by EPSRC in the framework of a prestigious “Programme Grant” (EP/P031684/1). The researchers appointed in the partner universities (Nottingham, Birmingham, Warwick) to work on this programme will have an opportunity to work within a multi-institution, multidisciplinary team which spans both basic/applied sciences and engineering and involves collaborations with eight industrial partners (AstraZeneca, AWE, Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL, Nanoscribe GmbH, Oce Technologies, Pfizer, Rogers Corporation, Texas Instruments Inc). Additionally, the project will collaborate with the National Physics Laboratory (UK), Lawrence Livermore National Labs (US) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)

The core industrial process of the research programme is Additive Manufacturing (also known as ‘3D printing’) which is currently a rapidly developing area of industry with new applications emerging every year. As the area of application expands and brings in new materials, this process poses many fundamental challenges to researchers across several fields, from applied mathematics, physics and chemistry to mechanical, chemical, material and design engineering. The multitude of physical effects triggered as multicomponent microdrops, which are the building blocks of the additive manufacturing, interact with each other, solid surfaces and solidification fronts in a non-isothermal environment makes it necessary to understand the factors that control key stage of the process, characteristic time and length scales involved and to be able to model them mathematically.

Person specification.

You should have (or be due to submit soon) a PhD, or have equivalent experience, in physics, applied mathematics or an engineering science. You will need to have a strong background in mathematical modelling, including continuum mechanics and thermodynamic aspects, and some experience of computational simulation. You will have a record of research papers published in journals (or accepted to be published).

A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, you will be able to manage your own workload, working both independently and as part of a team as required. You will demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm for the research programme and the development of further research opportunities.

Following submission of the online application form you will need to submit your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a research statement. All applicants should provide the names of 3 referees and ensure that they will be able to send their references by email when required.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Yulii Shikhmurzaev (, phone: +44/0 121 4146596).

The position will commence in March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and is a fixed-term post for 36 months.

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