Research Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Coventry, United Kingdom
£26,250-£35,222 per annum
21 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 27/06/2019
Faculty / School or Service Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing
Salary £26,250-£35,222 per annum
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances.
Job category/type Research 

Job description

A temporary four-month, Innovate UK-funded, Research Assistant position is available at Coventry University working on the thermal analysis of conformal cooling channels for die casting. The successful applicant will work with Dr Essam Abo-Serie and Dr James Jewkes and will collaborate with our industrial partners (CastAlum and Renishaw) to develop a generic model of conformal cooling that can be applied to various complex casting geometries. The project and the position is funded by Innovate UK.

The candidate will need to be familiar with Star CCM+ for simulating for thermal analysis, and be able to extract data from a Star CCM+ model. They will also need to develop mathematical model using Matlab, Python, or Visual basic with a graphical user interface (GUI) to ensure energy balance, and to evaluate the basic cooling channel geometries. It is preferable if have background knowledge about cooling channel design and the challenges of achieving conformal cooling in high pressure casting tools. The candidate will need to be engaged with MSc students to review their models and collect the necessary data, ensuring that the data is correct and in the appropriate format. The work should be in line with the time plan and deadlines.

The successful applicant should have: an excellent understanding of fluid dynamics and/or heat transfer with a strong background in computational modelling and thermal analysis; experience of STARCCM+ and CATIA, and of the development of mathematical models. The candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively, and be able to communicate technical concepts to both academics and industrial partners. He/she will be expected to integrate with the growing fluid dynamics research group at Coventry,within the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre.

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