The appointee will carry out research on passive flow control of turbulent boundary layers. This is an ARC funded project to study the effect of highly ordered surface topologies on the turbulent boundary layer structure. The appointee will join the well-established Walter Bassett Aerodynamics Laboratory (which has available three state-of-the-art PIV systems with a total of 15 cameras, 40 channels of hot-wire anemometry and automated instrumentation traversing systems). The appointee will be expected to develop and use advanced experimental techniques including, particle image velocimetry and hot-wire anemometry, and perform advanced analysis of the data generated. The appointee will also be expected to carry out other duties commensurate with a postdoctoral position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, including writing high quality journal publications, writing grant applications to external funding agencies, submitting abstracts and full-length papers to national and international conferences. The position reports to Dr Nicholas Hutchins.
-A PhD or equivalent degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or related field; – Postgraduate qualifications/training and research/publication track record in a relevant area; -Strong background in turbulent boundary layers, preferably with experience of boundary layer control; – The appointee will preferably have extensive experience with one or more of the following experimental techniques: stereoscopic PIV, tomographic PIV, hot-wire anemometry; -Well-developed and demonstrable programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, Fortran or C, C++); -Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and excellent time management skills; -Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; -Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a research team; -Well-developed problem solving skills; – Substantial research/publication record; – Ability to work independently and manage medium- to large-scale research projects; – Demonstrated ability to supervise research students.