Research Fellow in Physics / Engineering

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£34,520 - £38,832
13 Jun 2018
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13 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Research Fellow in Physics/ Engineering
Ref EAE17/52

Full Time
Fixed Term for 3 Years
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Salary:    £34,520 - £38,832 (Grade 6)

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is located in the UK’s best two cities for students. At Northumbria we are global in our scope and reach, with operations in London, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore, and we remain the largest English provider in Hong Kong. The University continues its strong commitment to internationalism, including its valuable and long-standing links with Europe

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in Physics/Engineering. The successful candidate will conduct research on the dewetting of liquid films from surfaces. This position is funded by an Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project grant (EP/R036837/1) and is part of a joint programme with Nottingham Trent University. You will join the group of Professor McHale, Dr. Ledesma-Aguilar and Dr. Wells working on solid-liquid interactions. You will model and simulate the dewetting and stability of liquid films of non-circular initial morphologies, contact line motion and hydrodynamics during dewetting, and how dewetting arrays can be created and behave. You will also support and conduct experimental studies ensuring integration of theory and experiment. This will involve writing high quality reports and papers for publication and dissemination.

The ideal candidate will have excellent mathematical and modelling skills, including Lattice-Boltzmann simulation, knowledge of fluid mechanics, and an aptitude and attitude to support and be involved in experiments. A theoretically-oriented PhD in physics, engineering, materials or a related discipline is essential; relevant postdoctoral experience is desirable.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact please contact Professor Glen McHale on 0191 227 3660 or email

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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.

Closing Date:          Sunday 15th July 2018
Selection Date:        Within 4 weeks of closing date