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Research Assistant in Cryogenic Fluid Dynamics

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing - Aerospace

Location: Cranfield
Salary: £28,203 to £31,230 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: 4854

Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2027

Full time starting salary is £28,203 to £31,230 per annum

We invite applications for this new post in an emerging field, contributing to a funded project focused on constructing and operating test rigs for liquid and vapor hydrogen systems, designed specifically for hydrogen-powered civil aviation.

About the Role

We seek a highly motivated Research Assistant to undertake simulations of fluid dynamics and system dynamics for LH2 systems, with a particular emphasis on 2-phase flow. They will provide crucial support to the cryogenic team, offering insights into simulation results and system performance to aid decision-making. They will also acquire and expand their knowledge on hydrogen and liquid hydrogen to aid the progress of our research.

Responsibilities also include analysing simulation results to assess system performance and optimise design, collaborating with cross-functional teams to incorporate simulation findings into LH2 system design and development, staying updated on simulation techniques and tools, and contributing to research by participating in experimental testing, data analysis, and documentation of simulation methodologies, results and findings for internal reference and reporting purposes.

About You

You should possess an MSc/MEng in Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering and demonstrate proficiency in simulating transient fluid, mechanical, and electric system performance using software packages. Applied programming skills and experience in numerical methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations (ODEs/PDEs) are essential. Strong fundamentals in heat and mass transfer, and a sound understanding of fuel and fluid-mechanical components and systems, are required. Experience in hydrogen fuel system developments in aerospace and familiarity with two-phase flow effects would be advantageous. Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills are necessary, along with the ability to work effectively as part of a team, good organisational skills, and proficiency in problem-solving. Experience in project or research management in aerospace-related projects and relevant industrial/practical experience would be beneficial, as well as a track record of contributing to writing papers and publications.

About Us

Aerospace is at the heart of Cranfield’s global research airport and is renowned throughout the world for its teaching and research in the fields of aviation and aerospace. Cranfield Aerospace’s six centres are the powerhouses of our world class research, driving technological and conceptual advances in aeronautics, propulsion engineering, cyber-physical systems and intelligent automation.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion, contact Jon Huete Anton: jon.huete@cranfield.ac.uk

To apply please click above 'Apply' Button. For details contact: peoplerecruitment@cranfield.ac.uk.

Closing date: 30 June 2024

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