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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Naval Architecture for Tidal Energy Systems


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

May 06, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Environmental Fluid Mechanics research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is funded by the EPSRC and is fixed-term for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

The role is to lead the design and analysis of fixed bottom and floating offshore structures for application to tidal stream energy systems. You will work on the recently announced EPSRC-funded programme CoTide that is developing whole system engineering models and innovative designs for tidal energy systems. The CoTide project team brings together world-leading centres at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Sheffield. CoTide’s team of around 35 researchers and academics will develop holistic integrated models covering all aspects of tidal stream turbine design that will help to reduce costs and support innovation to accelerate technology development and deployment for the tidal stream industry. 

The successful candidate will develop models and designs for the offshore infrastructure required to support and operate tidal stream turbines. This will include the design and analysis of fixed bottom structures as well as floating systems together with their moorings. The role will include both fluid dynamics modelling as well as structural design. You will develop reduced order engineering models and integrate these into the wider co-design framework working with other members of the programme team. You will also investigate how system design coupled with metocean conditions affects the available operational windows of structures and turbines. 

You should possess a relevant PhD (or be near completion) in Engineering, Naval Architecture, or a related discipline, have a strong background and relevant experience in fluid mechanics and structural modelling of offshore systems, experience of analysing floating body loads and dynamics, and possess excellent communication skills.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Willden (email: ).

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Only online applications received before midday on 6th May 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and a covering letter/supporting statement explaining how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience, 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.

Tidal energy, offshore renewable energy, engineering modelling, offshore engineering, naval architecture.


Contact name

Professor Richard Willden

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