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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Jet Engine Cooling and Heat Transfer


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Closing date

Nov 30, 2020 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research assistant to join the Heat Transfer and Cooling Group, part of the Oxford Thermofluids Institute (OTI) at the Department of Engineering Science (Osney). The post is funded by The Aerospace Technology Institute and is fixed-term for 6 months.

Recent research in the OTI has quantified the influence of the engine geometry and temperatures on the heat transfer coefficient distributions in zones where the temperature is dominated by free convective heat transfer coefficients. Experiments from two advanced test facilities have been combined with numerical modelling to explain the origins of non axi-symmetric cooling during engine shut down. You will be responsible for researching the processes of natural convection through simulations and experiments.

You should possess a PhD/DPhil or be near completion (There is the possibility to underfill at a lower grade if candidate holds a relevant degree/Masters and is working on PhD/DPhil, together with relevant experience), and have demonstrated skills in the modelling of free convection experiments and analysis of non axi-symmetric cooling.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Peter Ireland (email:

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Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Peter Ireland

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