Post-Doctoral Fellow - Multiscale Modelling (16910FPD)

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - Te Pokapū Taunekeneke Rāpoi Ngota

    University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Located in Christchurch, New Zealand - Ōtautahi, Aotearoa

    • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
    • Fixed-term position to end of September 2024

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    Āu Mahi - What You Will Do

    We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team on a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Endeavour Research Programme that bridges the Faculties of Science and Engineering. The project leverages the University of Canterbury's world-leading 3D printing capabilities to develop porous media for process engineering applications. This research will create the materials, tools and technologies required to design, optimise and build industrial equipment with vastly improved efficiency over existing processes.

    Your role will be to further develop and support our work using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to study the flow through these porous materials. The challenge here is to develop an approach that permits accurate characterisation of the flow, heat and mass transfer through micro-structured materials with characteristic lengths on the order of millimeters, but with the capability of simulating full process scale equipment with characteristic lengths on the order of meters.
    This project will require the development of multi-scale modelling approaches that enable us to capture both micro- and macro-scopic aspects of the flow simultaneously.
    Conventional CFD tools cannot do this due to the large variation in length scales.
    You will be working with a multidisciplinary team including experimental projects and software engineers. A detailed knowledge of OpenFOAM, or other computational fluid dynamics software is highly desirable for this role.

    Mōu - Who You Are
    You will hold a PhD in engineering or a related discipline, or have equivalent industry experience, as well as the following:
    • Familiar with OpenFOAM or another leading CFD toolbox;
    • Experience developing computational fluid dynamics models, and effectively critiquing the results of the simulations;
    • Experience with validation and verification of CFD models;
    • Proven ability to work across multi-functional teams;
    • Knowledge of multi-scale modelling approaches is an advantage.

    You will have a high degree of initiative and an ability to identify and act on opportunities. Additionally, you will also have strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to a wide variety of groups.

    Mahi Ngātahi - Who You Will Work With
    The Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre, founded in 2007 at the University of Canterbury. It includes researchers from UC's Colleges of Science and Engineering and partners with several New Zealand Crown Research Institutes, universities and Callaghan Innovation. In 2019, the centre was awarded a major MBIE Endeavour Programme (NZ$9.8M over five years) to investigate 3D-Printed Porous Media for Process Engineering. The programme covers fundamental engineering sciences, with applications including protein and virus purification, heat exchange, catalysis, tissue scaffolding and filtration.
    For more information about our team, please visit our website.

    Ngā Uara - Our Values
    We value manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha and these uara (values) guide our decisions and behaviour. Our values provide a roadmap for how we do things, affirming our commitment to the oranga (health, safety and wellbeing) of our students through mana-enhancing pastoral care and support. Ngā Uara challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. They make UC a great place to work and study.

    Ngā Painga o UC - Why UC
    Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

    The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

    What we offer
    • Flexible working arrangements
    • Supportive working environment
    • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
    • Professional development opportunities
    • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite café's and eateries, and more.

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    For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury, please visit

    For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Stuart Lansley, [email protected]
    The closing date for this position is: 1 October 2023 (midnight NZ time)
    Please note applications may be reviewed as they are received.

    Pēhea te tono mai - How You Apply
    Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

    Please Note:
    Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Postdoctoral Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the, title of Research Associate will be given, and salary will reflect the Research Associate scale.
    Appointable salary for a Post Doctoral Fellow is $81,000 (pa) Appointable salary range for a Research Associate is $58,660.66 - $68,437.44 (pa)

    For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

    To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter - 16910FPD

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