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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 work as part of the turbine research group at the Whittle Laboratory on the West Cambridge site. This group aims to deliver industrial level research on time-scales relevant to impact the next aero-engine design and also to produce design methodologies for future aero-engines. This work includes all aspects of turbine aerodynamics including in-service related performance and heat transfer.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are to undertake both experimental and computational activities to investigate both turbine blade profile design rules and in-service turbine operation. The post holder will be expected to interact with other researchers within the Whittle laboratory (including technicians) and Engineers within Rolls-Royce. They will be expected to be largely self-organised.

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-tunnel testing, including working-section design, installation and commissioning; have undertaken data processing using high-level languages (eg MatLab and Python); and have previous experience in the analysis and interpretation of measurements. Experience in undertaking turbomachinery CFD calculations will be preferred and an appreciation of heat transfer is desirable.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £29,301; Research Associate: £29,301 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter along with no more than one recent research publication in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs Juliet Teather ( (Tel: +44 01223 337581).

Please quote reference NM11615 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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