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Research Assistant/Associate Investigating Acoustic-Flow Interaction Models for Aeroacoustic Optimisation

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £35,477 to £47,579
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th November 2020
Closes: 17th December 2020
Job Ref: ENG01427

Closing date: 17th Dec 2020

We are seeking an excellent post-doctoral researcher to join the AFIRMATIVE project at Imperial College London.

This ERC-funded project develops, validates and uses analytical models for the acoustic-flow interactions that occur for flows passing through acoustic damper and burner geometries. The models will capture how incident acoustic waves are either damped or amplified due to interactions between the acoustic waves and the flow. The models will be validated using flow simulations, and used as the basis for optimising the geometry of the dampers or burners for acoustic performance. This will be relevant to eliminating thermoacoustic oscillations in the aerospace and power industries, and to optimising acoustic dampers across a wide range of industries.

The post will form a key component of the AFIRMATIVE project (2018-23), funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor Aimee Morgans.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your key duties and responsibilities will be:

  • To derive and validate analytical models for transmission/reflection/absorption of acoustic waves incident on the flow through different damper and burner geometries.
  • To validate these models using flow simulations.
  • To use these models and/or simulations as the basis for optimizing the geometry of the dampers/burners for acoustic performance.
  • To prepare results for publication and dissemination via presentations, scientific papers, outreach activities and public/industrial engagement.
  • To be key member of the research group and perform reasonable tasks related to the project.

It will also be possible to contribute to the supervision of PhD students and Masters level projects and to contribute to Department teaching.

Skills, knowledge and experience

You will need:

  • To have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Engineering or related discipline (or proven research experience/equivalent).
  • An excellent first degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Significant research background in thermoacoustics, aeroacoustics or related fluid dynamics.
  • Experience of computer programming, including for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

The post will require excellent analytical, computational and team-working skills.

Key information:

This is a fixed term position up to May 2023.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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