Research Assistant/Associate in Gas Turbine Ignition Modelling

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on gas turbine ignition modelling.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. 

The position is funded by the European Union (Clean Sky) and involves development and usage of low-order ignition models and Large-Eddy Simulations with advanced turbulent combustion models for ignition of kerosene spray flames in gas turbine combustors.

Key responsibilities include:  

- Execute research in the field of gas turbine combustion modelling, relevant for aviation gas turbine combustors, with emphasis on ignition processes 

-  Prepare written descriptions of the work and communicate the results effectively with papers and presentations; prepare reports for the EU 

-  Develop Large-Eddy Simulations for gas turbine combustors, including meshing, running on high-performance parallel computers 

The successful candidate must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in turbulent combustion modelling, with particular application to gas turbine combustors and/or ignition, and with very good knowledge of high-performance computing, CFD codes, and ignition phenomena. Excellent writing and presentation skills are essential. 

For more details on the position, please contact Prof. E. Mastorakos (

Salary Ranges:  

Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688 

Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Mrs. Kate Graham, email (Tel +44 01223 336805).

Please quote reference NM14948 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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