Research Associate in Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher position available to work in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof. Omar Matar. The post is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under the grant “BOiliNg flows in SmAll and mIcrochannels (BONSAI)” and is part of a collaborative project involving the University of Nottingham, Brunel...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01956
  • Date posted 29 November 2021
  • Closing date 3 January 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher position available to work in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof. Omar Matar.
The post is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under the grant “BOiliNg flows in SmAll and mIcrochannels (BONSAI)” and is part of a collaborative project involving the University of Nottingham, Brunel University London, and 14 industrial and academic partners. The project aims to develop next-generation pioneering experimental techniques, computationally efficient codes, and recommended guidelines and tools for the optimal thermal design of miniaturised heat sinks for high-power-density microdevices.

Duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop physical and numerical models for the direct numerical simulation of boiling flows in small and microchannels using the open-source package OpenFOAM, will liaise with world-leading experimentalists at Brunel (Prof. Tassos Karayiannis) and Imperial College London (Prof. Christos Markides), and numerical simulators at Nottingham (Dr Mirco Magnini) to inform and validate the numerical data and complement the boiling experiments, will develop prediction methods for boiling heat transfer assisted by machine learning algorithms in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, and will lead knowledge transfer activities with the industrial partners. It will be expected that the post-holder will interact closely with the numerical modelling (and experimental) effort in the Matar Fluids Group and its multi-sector industrial collaborators.

Essential requirements

The successful candidate should have experience in OpenFoam (or equivalent opensource simulation tool), C++ programming, multiphase flows, fluid mechanics and phase change processes and hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, applied mathematics or a closely related discipline.

Further information

The post is available immediately. The appointment is for 24 months, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus). Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Omar Matar (o.matar@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please click on 'Apply Now' at the top of this page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact: (chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk)

Closing date: Midnight on Monday 3rd January 2022

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.


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