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Post Doctoral Fellow in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
23 Dec 2023

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Post-doctoral Fellow to work on the development of a soft, jet propulsion system able to perform agile underwater locomotion and thrust vectoring. In particular, the awarded candidate will contribute toward the following tasks:

  • The postdoc will also conduct high level numerical simulations incorporating underwater soft thrusters  based on multi-dimensional and multi-physics computational fluid dynamic (CFD) approach using OpenFOAM.
  • Fabrication and integration of mechatronic components for underwater application
  • Publish high-quality journal and international conference papers based on the obtained research results

As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the KUCARS ( and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

Position Requirements

  • Expert in Computational Fluid Dynamics with hands-on experience of CFD and other modelling codes such as OpenFOAM, StarCCM+, MATLAB, Tecplot etc.
  • Good programming skills in C++, MATLAB and Phyton
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, strong publication records
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Experience writing scientific review papers and grants;
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • The proven ability to work on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to train and mentor students and support fellow researchers
  • Highly developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • PhD gained from a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • At least 1 years of relevant experience as a Post-doctoral researcher in academia or in industry.
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Post Doctoral Fellow
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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