Research Assistant / Associate in Hypersonic Aerodynamics

Imperial College London

Job description
Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant / Associate to join the high-speed aerodynamics group at Imperial, performing numerical simulations to assess the efficacy of a novel concept for the control of hypersonic boundary layer transition. The post will be based at Imperial College London. The aim of this project is to develop and validate a virtual toolbox for the design of novel aerodynamically smooth surfaces that can (passively) promote or suppress boundary layer transition at hypersonic flight conditions, through the application of direct numerical simulation coupled with heat transfer and hydrodynamic stability analysis. This study complements ongoing experimental testing at Imperial aimed at tackling the practical side of manufacturing and evaluating such surfaces.

Duties and responsibilities

The successful applicant will utilise numerical methods (DNS) and stability analysis tools developed at Imperial and work closely with researchers performing complementary experiments. Please review the Job Description for a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Essential requirements

  • Practical experience in the development and application of a range of computational fluid dynamics techniques (including direct numerical simulation) specifically for modelling complex aerodynamic flow fields and subsequent analysis and interpretation of large data sets.
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge in the field of hypersonic aerodynamics, relevant flow control concepts and boundary layer stability theory.

Those appointed at Research Associate level

Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline.

Those appointed at Research Assistant level

A first / masters degree (or equivalent) Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant.

Further information

This is a fixed term position until 3rd May 2024.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Paul Bruce, [email protected]

For technical issues when applying online please email[email protected]

For queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Lisa Kelly: [email protected]

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