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Research Assistant/Associate in CFD Modelling of Large Diesel Engines (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th November 2018
Closes: 4th January 2019
Job Ref: NM17545

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on multi-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations with detailed chemistry modelling, with focus on computational efficiency and pollutant emissions (NOx and soot), for large diesel engines for marine applications. The successful candidate must have experience in turbulent combustion modelling, with special emphasis on diesel engine combustion, and with very good knowledge of Fortran and C++ languages, high-performance computing, CFD codes, and combustion chemistry.

This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme. The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are to execute research in the field of diesel combustion modelling, using multi-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics, with emphasis on spray and emissions processes; to prepare written descriptions of the work and communicate the results effectively with papers and presentations; prepare reports for the sponsor; and to develop RANS and LES codes for diesel engines, including new codes for the combustion model, meshing, running on high-performance parallel computers.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in turbulent combustion modelling, with special emphasis on diesel engine combustion. Requirements: very good knowledge of Fortran and C++ languages, experience with high-performance computing experience, CFD codes, and combustion chemistry. Deep knowledge of turbulent combustion modelling approaches and adequate understanding of diesel engines is expected, while expertise with marine engines is preferable. The candidate must have excellent writing and presentation skills and must be able to work in a team and must be willing to interface with industry.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:  Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395; Research Associate: £32,236 -  £39,609

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

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. 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 766805). For technical matters, please contact Prof. E. Mastorakos (

Please quote reference NM17545 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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