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Research Assistant/Associate in Experiments in Spray Combustion (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on experimental development of a novel kerosene-fuelled spray combustor. The work will revolve around an already-patented design and will involve its alteration to be able to operate with liquid fuels and detailed investigations with laser-based imaging systems. The successful candidate must have experience in spray and turbulent combustion, with special emphasis on laser diagnostics, image processing systems, and burner design and manufacture. This research is supported by the European Commission, Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking.

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

The key responsibilities and duties are to execute research in the field of turbulent spray combustion with focus on gas turbine combustors; to design burners operating with liquid sprays; to perform measurements with laser diagnostic and probe sampling systems; to prepare written descriptions of the work and communicate the results effectively with papers and presentations; and to prepare reports for the sponsor and the partners.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in experimental spray combustion, with special emphasis on gas turbine combustion. Requirements: excellent knowledge of combustion laser diagnostics and spray atomisers, deep knowledge of spray combustion fundamentals. The candidate must have excellent writing and presentation skills and must be able to work in a team and must be willing to interface with industry.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395 Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months 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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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. Kate Graham at: (Tel +44 01223 766805). For technical matters, please contact Prof. E. Mastorakos (

Please quote reference NM18098 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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