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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Post Doctoral Research Associate to work on a project focussing on understanding the aerodynamic impact of bio-inspired aerofoil adaptations, in particular serrated edges. It is well-known that a serrated leading edge can significantly reduce aerofoil-turbulence interaction noise, however the aerodynamic impact is typically restricted to experimental observation. This project will combine analytical mathematics and low-order numerical simulations to understand the development and transition of boundary layers on plates with serrated leading edges. With this in place investigation into optimal leading-edge geometries can begin that balance both the aeroacoustic and aerodynamic effects.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in mathematics or engineering, with a strong background in fluid dynamics. Experience in aeroacoustics and/or aerodynamics is desired.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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 indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

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Please quote reference LE12862 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

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