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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Numerical Methods for Ultra-High Bypass Ratio Turbofans


Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum (With reduced responsibilities this post can be offered at a Grade 6: £29,614 - £35,326 per annum)

Closing date

Jul 14, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the numerical analysis group research group at the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford Thermofluids Institute (Osney Mead).  The post is funded by Rolls-Royce and is fixed-term for 12 months with further extensions considered, subject to confirmed funding.


Reducing carbon emissions from civil aviation is possible by increasing the bypass ratio of turbofan engines. Increasing the bypass ratio, however, amplifies aerodynamic interactions between the components of the low-pressure compression system (LPC) and efficient and accurate methods are needed to predict these interactions and to devise suitable modifications to the component geometry to control them. The successful applicant to this post will be responsible for

-       Conducting independent research into semi-analytical and numerical methods for the computation of component interaction in the LPC

-       Conducting independent research into design strategies for LPC components

-       Publishing the results of your research and the research group

-       Assist in the supervision of DPhil candidates enrolled on projects aligned with your research

-       Assist the group in coordinating publication activities such as guest editing of journals to increase the impact of the research.


You should possess a DPhil in turbomachinery fluid mechanics and relevant experience in the computation of turbomachinery flows in a research setting, direct experience of modelling and simulation of viscous and inviscid flow, experience of high-performance computing both from a development and a usage point of view. Candidates holding a relevant degree/Masters and is working on PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience will be considered at Grade 6 (£29,614 - £ 35,326 p.a.).


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Luca di Mare (email:


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Only online applications received before midday on 14th July 2022 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.

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Prof Luca di Mare

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