Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Environmental Engineering

Cranfield, United Kingdom
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 2 years
Salary Research Assistant (if close to completion) £30,600 per annum or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) £33,309 per annum
Apply by 05/01/2020

Role Description

Research Assistant  (if close to completion) - £30,600 per annum

Research Fellow  (if PhD obtained) -  £33,309 per annum

Come and join the Cranfield community. We are an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for transformational research and education in technology and management. Cranfield has over 40 years’ experience in the sector and we are recognised internationally for our work in the science, engineering and management of water.

In this position, you will contribute to the delivery of Cranfield University’s research in water and waterway engineering and materials science in the EPSRC-funded project ‘Improved prediction of cohesive sediment erosion based on inter-particle forces’. The ambitious project aims to develop transferable predictive models of cohesive sediment erodibility though new empirical research and modelling.

You will work with an interdisciplinary team of natural scientists and materials engineers to conduct laboratory experiments and develop a computational dynamics model of cohesive sediment erosion. The empirical research will be conducted in the new state-of-the-art cohesive sediment erosion flume at Cranfield University, funded by EPSRC.  Further information regarding the project tasks is available within the candidate brief.

The project represents an excellent opportunity to foster interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in environmental and materials engineering to resolve a long-standing challenge in sediment erosion research.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in environmental or materials engineering, or allied disciplines. Knowledge and experience in computational modelling (such as molecular dynamics, discrete element modelling (DEM), or computational fluid dynamics (CFD)) and excellent programming skills are essential. Prior experience in laboratory experimentation or physical modelling in hydraulics is advantageous. You should have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a track record in writing and publishing your research.

If you have ambition to build your own reputation through research, an impressive publications record and a great student teaching approach, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Robert Grabowski, Senior Lecturer in Catchment Science,

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.