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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a 10 month Postdoctoral Research Associate position to start as soon as possible. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust at the University of Cambridge, in the Fluid Mechanics and Environment research group, headed by Dr Silvana Cardoso. The project aims to investigate experimentally and theoretically the behaviour of turbulent plumes with chemical reaction. The theoretical work will comprise both analytical and numerical components. The experimental component will involve the use of image analysis techniques.

The successful candidate will have a strong background, including a PhD, in chemical engineering or in a relevant physical sciences discipline. Prior experience in the area of fluid mechanics and buoyancy effects is essential. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with academic partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information document. Our website, describes fully the Department and its activities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 10 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.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of two referees and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role. For further information contact Dr Silvana Cardoso (

Please quote reference NQ15446 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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