Research Fellow - Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (GB)
£35,844 - £40,322
Nov 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 01, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

City Campus, Newcastle

Contract; Fixed Term until 29/1/2023

The Smart Materials & Surfaces group hosted in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University has strength in development of smart surfaces for liquid manipulation. Part of this strength is based on the development of so-called Slippery Lubricant Infused Surfaces SLIPS, and we are now seeking an excellent post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the numerical investigation of fluid dynamic properties of SLIPS in the presence of complex (non-Newtonian) fluids.

The role is to support a further recently awarded EPSRC New Investigator Award which aims at demonstrating the potential of non-Newtonian fluids to enhance the mobility of liquids on SLIPS surfaces. The role is theoretical/numerical and requires outstanding problem solving skills typically attained in theoretical physics/chemistry/engineering or equivalent, relevant doctoral project. In addition to development of fluid dynamic models for numerical simulations, the successful candidate will have experience of disseminating research outcomes at international conferences and in prestigious academic journals. The successful candidate will join the Northumbria University Smart Materials & Surfaces research group and will be expected to support all aspects of the group’s activities.

In addition to a strong track record of academic achievement demonstrated by excellent publications, applicants should have experience of phase field models (i.e. Lattice Boltzmann) and finite elements methods. Knowledge of rheological models for non-Newtonian fluids is desirable. The role will also involve working with industrial partners and therefore applicants should have excellent communication skills.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Ciro Semprebon at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network which delivers information and support to professional researchers. 

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

Please note this vacancy will close on 01/12/2019