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Research Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics to Enable Sustainable Manufacture of Nanomaterials

University of Sheffield - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,866 to £40,322 per annum. Potential to progress to £44,045 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution. (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th November 2020
Closes: 5th December 2020
Job Ref: UOS026734

Contract type: Fixed term until 31st October 2023 to start as soon as possible

Faculty of Engineering


Are you interested in applying your computational fluid dynamics expertise for developing sustainable manufacturing of nanomaterials? As part of an EPSRC Fellowship (, we have an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for process scale-up looking to use their skills in CFD to make an impact on the sustainability of nanomaterials manufacturing.

We aim to apply bioinspired routes to deliver sustainable ("green"), low cost and scalable manufacturing of high value functional nanomaterials. Using CFD, underpinning mixing mechanisms will be identified and modelled in order to design scale-up pathways. You will have a strong background in and experience with CFD software, including development of new models (for example ANSYS Fluent). A passion to apply these skills to the scale-up of chemical synthesis of nanomaterials is essential, while a background in nanomaterials is not required. You will have a PhD or equivalent research experience in chemical engineering or related disciplines with a focus on CFD.

This position provides significant training opportunities. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the project, and planned research visits, you will get opportunities to learn new skills (technical, tech-transfer and professional) by closely collaborating with internationally leading partners from academia and industry. Your will have the opportunity to participate in training on professional skills for researchers and leaders, provided by the host university and undergo a formal review and mentoring by a senior staff.

You will be based in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) within the Green Nanomaterials Research Group. CBE is ranked amongst the top 5 Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK and is a thriving department within the University's Faculty of Engineering. The Department has a world-class research environment that is ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. CBE holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and two gold awards for Green Impact. See more information at

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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