Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computations of Reacting and Non-Reacting Particle-Laden Flows

Sydney, Australia
Sep 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 17, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Internationally recognised research group seeking Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Located within walking distance from the heart of Sydney’s CBD within the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • Full-time Fixed Term 18 months. Base Salary: $94,629 p.a. - $101,018 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

The Clean Combustion Group at the University of Sydney has an international reputation in the field of turbulent combustion, combustion modelling and advanced laser diagnostics. They are currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Computations of Reacting and Non-Reacting Particle-Laden Flows.

The position is funded by the Australian Research Council and will be held in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and successful applicants will be required to:

  • correctly simulate the dynamics and evolution of droplets and solid particles in turbulent flows loaded with a dense spray which atomises and reacts while producing solid particles
  • Ensure the critical atomization process is fully accounted for along with the chemistry involved in the combustion process and subsequent synthesis of particles
  • The long-term objective is to optimize the synthesis of functional materials using Flame Spray Pyrolysis

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, who has the following:

  • PhD or near completion in Engineering or Science, or a related discipline
  • Excellent proven skills in the fields of numerical combustion, turbulence modelling, spray combustion and/or chemical kinetics development
  • Experience in large eddy simulations, sub-grid scale modelling, development and reduction of chemical kinetic mechanisms would be useful
  • Expert knowledge of computational fluid dynamics and basic knowledge of heat and mass transfer is assumed

About us

The Clean Combustion Groups specific research issues include the combustion of bio-fuels, turbulence-chemistry interactions in flames ranging from fully premixed to stratified and non-premixed, auto-ignition of both gaseous and liquid fuels, spray atomisation, combustion safety in deflagrations, oxy-combustion and quenching of radicals on solid surfaces. Many of the burners developed by the group are now established as international benchmarks for the development and validation of numerical tools in combustion. Our computational codes are also used by various international research institutions.

Both experimental and numerical projects are conducted in parallel providing a platform for continuous development and validation. The combustion laboratory is one of a handful of laboratories around the world with advanced laser diagnostics capabilities such as high-speed PIV and high speed LIF (10kHz) as well as standard PIV, LDV, PDA, Raman, Rayleigh and LIF. Computational capabilities include Large Eddy Simulations (LES), Probability Density Function (PDF) and Multiple Mapping Conditioning (MMC) approaches; as well as more standard RANS based methods.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1890/0919F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 17 October 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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