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Research Associate in the Fluid Mechanics of Morphing Blades

  • Application Deadline
    Deadline:
    09 August 2021
  • Job Salary
    £33,797 to £40,322 Fixed-term, for up to 24 months - Full-time (35 hours per week)
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The Research Associate position will contribute to experimental and theoretical research on the fluid-structure interaction of morphing blades for wind and tidal turbines. The post holder will join a team made of a Research Associated in Computational Fluid Dynamics, several PhD students, and the two Co-investigators: Dr Anna Young at the University of Bath and Dr Ignazio Maria Viola at the University of Edinburgh. Additional collaborators include the Italian Centre for National Research and seven internationally-leading companies in the wind and tidal energy sector.
The aim of the project is to investigate the underlying fluid mechanics of passive pitch systems and deformable blades to mitigate unsteady loads and maximise power output over a range of flow conditions. The post holder will be responsible for the design, commission and test of model scale blades, as well as for the development of theoretical fluid mechanics models. Model-scale blade sections will be tested in the water tunnels of the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh, where time-resolved and stereo particle image velocimetry will be undertaken. Model scale blades will also be tested on a 1.2-m-diameter turbine in the large-scale facility Flowave (https://flowave.eng.ed.ac.uk).
Experimental tests will be undertaken mostly in water, but complementary wind tunnel studies will be considered. The aim, in fact, is to deliver fundamental knowledge that could underpin the development of technology for both the wind and the tidal energy sector. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Please attach to your application one PDF file made of:
1. a cover letter detailing your motivation and why you think that your application fits the job description, the essential and the desirable criteria;
2. a CV including, between other items of your choice, a complete job history, a list of your academic qualifications and a list and detailed description of any awards;
3. a full publication list with separated headings for (i) peer-reviewed journal articles published or in press, (ii) peer-reviewed journal articles under consideration but not yet accepted, (iii) peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Cover letter, CV and publication list should be combined together in one single PDF file, which should be named as follow: [First Name][FAMILY NAME].pdf. For example: James Andrew Smith should upload a file JamesSMITH.pdf.
Reference letters will be required and considered only for shortlisted applicants.
These roles are UE07 and are available on a fixed term basis for up to 24 months.
A full list of main responsibilities and the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role can be found in the full job description on the University’s website.
Closing Date: 9th August 2021
To apply for this position, please follow the link to the University’s website: https://elxw.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/269/?utm_medium=jobshare


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