Research Associate

Manchester Metropolitan University - School of Computing, Maths and Digital Tech

One of the largest research-led science and technology educators in the UK, our Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a world-class teaching environment, covering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. With genuine trailblazing specialisms and global impact, our exceptional research has created an international reputation for making a transformative contribution to the world around us. We deliver work with real-world impact, and cultivate lasting relationships with businesses, the government and the general public to share our innovation and expertise.

The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a large and successful unit in MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. It is committed to achieving high quality teaching, research and enterprise. The School has a long track record of securing grants from research councils, EU and government backed bodies like Innovate UK, and had made significant contribution to the University's REF2014 submission. The School works closely with employers, particularly in the region’s vibrant digital sector, on funded projects.

The Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Flow Analysis (CMMFA) within the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology has a long history of developing advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for applications in both aerospace and coastal/ocean engineering. Our recent and on-going projects, mainly funded by the EPSRC and supported by industrial collaborators, are primarily concerned with the following applications:

  • Evaluation of marine renewable technology (wave and offshore wind) through the development of computational fluid dynamics methods and tools;
  • Prediction of wave impact loads on coastal and marine structures (coastal defences, marine vessels, oil/gas platforms, etc.).

The CMMFA has a well-equipped computer lab with dedicated high spec desktop workstations and CPU/GPU clusters.

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is required to undertake research in the area of free surface modelling. More specifically, to further improve the computational efficiency of a recently developed numerical wave tank (NWT) software based on OpenFOAM and domain decomposition approach, a highly efficient in-house free surface code based on fully non-linear potential flow theory will be adapted and linked to the Navier-Stokes multi-phase flow solvers within the framework of OpenFOAM.  The developed code will be validated against a number of benchmark test cases and parallelised for run on high performance computer clusters. It will then be applied to model flow problems involving wave interaction with floating structures e.g. dynamic response of offshore floating wind turbines under random/extreme wave conditions. 

You will have a PhD in Engineering/Applied Mathematics or a closely related area. Knowledge and understanding of the physics of fluids including both potential and viscous flow theories and related numerical methods for modelling free surface flow are essential. You will possess sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge on computational modelling of wave interactions with fixed and floating structures including current practice. You should have the ability to write computational fluid dynamics codes in a high level language (e.g. C++ and/or FORTRAN) and the experience of using high performance computing. Experience in code development and application of OpenFoam for free surface flow problems will be an advantage. For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Ling Qian at

Please attach your CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification, to you online application

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