Post Doctoral Research Associate - Computational Science and Engineering group (CSEG)
The Computational Science and Engineering group (CSEG) within the department of Mathematical Sciences, is based in the Greenwich Maritime Campus, part of a World Heritage site.
The CSEG has 3-year EPSRC funded research programme to investigate the physics of ultrasonically induced cavitation in light alloys, when in the liquid or solidifying state. Ultrasonic treatment leads to many benefits, which include degassing of alloy melts, wetting and dispersion of immersed particles used for strengthening and a finer grain structure and increased strength after solidification. Despite these benefits, the process has not reached mass production, due to scale-up difficulties. To increase understanding of the governing phenomena, the PDRA working within an experienced team of co-investigators, will develop a multi-scale and multi-physics numerical model of the process building on existing software developed in a related earlier project. The model will include the numerical schemes algorithms and computer code representing several interacting fields encountered during casting. These include fluid dynamics, heat transfer with phase change, resonant acoustics and the physics of gas cavitation.
The research is run in parallel with a collaborative experimental programme carried out at Brunel and Oxford Brookes universities and the PDRA will be expected on occasion to assist with the experimental programme.
The post-holder must have an excellent first degree in Physics, Engineering or Mathematics and a PhD in a relevant subject, involving significant numerical modelling and algorithm development. Research experience in the metals/materials sector would be an advantage. It is a grant requirement that the results of the research be made public and disseminated through attendance to scientific conferences/seminars and journal publications. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills will be asked for at the interview stage.
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