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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Numerical Methods for Sustainable Aviation


Grade 7: £33,309 - £ 40,927 per annum (with reduced responsibilities, this post can be offered as a Grade 6: £29,098 - £35,326 per annum)

Closing date

Jul 15, 2022 12:00PM


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


Reducing carbon emissions from civil aviation is possible by switching aircraft to liquid hydrogen fuel. While LH2 fuel promises essentially zero green-house gas emissions at the point of use but poses considerable challenges, as an example, in the design of fuel circuits. The low temperature of the fuel also offers opportunities that are not available with hydrocarbon-based fuels. You will be responsible for

-       Conducting independent research into numerical methods for the computation of flows in cryogenic turbomachines such as cryogenic fuel pumps

-       Conducting independent research into thermodynamic cycles for hydrogen aviation engines

-       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 turbulent flows, 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 (£29,098 - £35,326 per annum).


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


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Only online applications received before midday on 15 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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Professor Luca di Mare

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