Research Assistant/Associate in Turbine Aerodynamics and In-Service Operation (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate in Turbine Aerodynamics and In-Service Operation (Fixed Term)


A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in Turbomachinery at the Department of Engineering. The post holder will join the Rolls-Royce funded University Technical Gas Turbine Partnership's turbines research group at the Whittle Laboratory on the West Cambridge site. In addition to pushing the boundaries of understanding in an academic sense, this group aims to deliver industrially relevant research within time-scales that will enable the work to have a significant impact on the next generation of aero-engine designs. The post holder will interact with other researchers and technical staff within the Whittle Laboratory as well as engineers within Rolls-Royce.


This project is being led by Dr Nick Atkins and Dr John Coull in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. The aim of the project is to design blades for optimal aerodynamic loading within the constraints of both realistic geometry, such as cooling, as well as realistic engine representative aerodynamic boundary conditions. The work will cover all aspects of turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer, including detailed design, testing and process/tool development. The experimental part will exploit a unique world class variable density wind tunnel which enables independent control of Mach and Reynolds number.


The successful candidate will have obtained or is close to obtaining a PhD in turbine aerodynamics or a turbomachinery related subject; have experience in undertaking experimental research using wind-tunnels, and data processing using high-level languages (eg Matlab and Python). Experience in undertaking turbomachinery CFD calculations will be preferred and an appreciation of heat transfer in addition to aerodynamics is desirable.


The project is likely to have a considerable impact on the next generations of engine design, as well as academic impact. Thus the post-holder would likely be in exceptionally good standing for future academic work and/or industrial roles by the end of the post.


Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688; Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs Juliet Teather, email (Tel +44 (0)1223 3 37581)


Please quote reference NM13672 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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