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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Modelling of Tidal Energy Systems

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford)

Location: Oxford
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: 169693

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Environmental Fluid Mechanics research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by the EPSRC and is fixed-term for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

The role is to lead the development of integrated whole system design models of tidal stream turbines for renewable power generation. You will work on the recently announced EPSRC-funded programme CoTide that is developing whole system engineering models and innovative designs for tidal energy systems. The CoTide project team brings together world-leading centres at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Sheffield. CoTide’s team of around 35 researchers and academics will develop holistic integrated models covering all aspects of tidal stream turbine design that will help to reduce costs and support innovation to accelerate technology development and deployment for the tidal stream industry.

The role is in model development and integration and you will work with the entire programme team and the programme’s industry partners to develop whole system engineering tools that can be used to model the complex interactions between the system hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and component fatigue. Using the developed models you will explore how design and control of system operation can be used to balance design and performance objectives. Through optimisation and machine learning techniques, you will use control co-design to understand, test sensitivity to, and optimise around key design drivers and objectives, leading to the development of optimal design solutions for different environments and objectives.

You should possess a relevant PhD (or be near completion) in Engineering or a related discipline, have a strong background and relevant experience in fluid mechanics, and possess excellent communication skills.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Willden (email: Richard.willden@eng.ox.ac.uk)

For more information about working at the Department, click the 'Apply' button above.

Only online applications received before midday on 8th January 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Tidal energy, offshore renewable energy, fluid mechanics, system modelling, optimisation.

 

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