Location: South Kensington Campus
Salary: £40,858- £42,609 per annum
The position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust through the Research Project Grant “Asymptotic modelling of symmetry breaking Leidenfrost flows”.
The main objective of the project is to develop and analyse reduced dynamical models of “Leidenfrost” drops, namely drops levitated on a thin-film of their own vapour above a superheated surface. These models will be used to theoretically interpret recent experiments showing that Leidenfrost drops within a certain size range spontaneously move, in a random direction, in the absence of geometric asymmetries or external forces. The project also aims to study the analogous spontaneous mobility of Leidenfrost drops and solid particles levitated above liquid pools, as well as the competition between spontaneous dynamics and more traditional modes of Leidenfrost-drop dynamics associated with imposed asymmetry.
From a mathematical modelling and analysis perspective, these problems are hugely challenging as they involve the coming together of various physical phenomena in a nonlinear dynamical scenario, on multiple length and time scales. In particular, the identification and characterisation of the symmetry breaking instabilities triggering the experimentally observed spontaneous mobility, as well as the motion itself, present a tremendous challenge which is currently the topic of extensive research.
You will work on developing an applied mathematics methodology incorporating elements of mathematical modelling (involving interfacial fluid dynamics, wetting and transport phenomena), asymptotic analysis and singular perturbation techniques. The work may also involve numerical simulation, dynamical-systems analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
Duties and Responsibilities
You are expected to play a crucial role in the accomplishment of the following objectives:
The essential requirements for this post are as follow:
The position is full-time and fixed term for 36 months. The expected start date is 1 October 2021 or soon thereafter.
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the Level A salary range, £36,045- £39,183 per annum.
In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:
For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Dr Ory Schnitzer, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Closing date: 10/08/2021
To apply, please visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search for the reference NAT00967.
|Salary:||£40,858 to £42,609 per annum|
|Placed On:||19th July 2021|
|Closes:||10th August 2021|
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