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Research Fellow position in theoretical fluid mechanics at Coventry University (UK)

Coventry University

Location: Coventry Placed On: 2nd August 2019
Salary: £32,243 to £40,802 per annum Closes: 2nd September 2019
Hours: Full Time Job Ref: REQ007193
Contract Type: Permanent

A Research Fellow position in theoretical fluid mechanics is offered at Coventry University (UK). The project concerns convection under a magnetic field in the so called “tangent cylinder” region of the Earth’s core. Much of the mystery surrounding the Earth’s dynamics (its magnetic field, plate tectonics) lies in the nature of the convective patterns within the Earth’s liquid core, and in particular in the region called the “Tangent Cylinder”. What are the possible convective states under the combined influence of the Earth’s rotation and magnetic field, and how erratic are they? This study is part of a theoretical and experimental research program funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Trust (http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk), that aims at answering these questions. The purpose of this thesis is to theoretically predict the possible nonlinear convective states for the first time. We will then evaluate which of these states are mostly likely to underpin the Earth’s core convection.

The Research Fellow will conduct the theoretical and numerical analysis of the problem under the joint supervision of Prof. Alban Pothérat (http://users.complexity-coventry.org/~potherat/index.html) and Dr Chris Pringle.  The study will seek the possible structure of convection by means of advanced stability theory and branch tracking method, to unveil the possible states. In the frame of the research programme, the work is purely theoretical/numerical and will be conducted in collaboration with an experimental study that will seek to reproduce and visualise these non-linear states in an experimental model of the Earth Core.

Successful candidates are expected to hold a PhD in fluid mechanics or a related discipline and to have demonstrated excellent abilities in mathematics and programming.

The successful candidate will be part the vibrant team of internationally recognised academics and PhD students forming the fluid dynamics group within the Applied Mathematics Research Centre, whose work has been ranked at 83% world-class at the UK’ latest Research Excellence Framework in 2014. This unit is part of the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre, and specialises in theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics. It is especially renowned for its work on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), turbulence, stability and geophysical flows. The group closely collaborates with partner groups in world-leading institutions in Australia, China, France, Germany and the UK.

Informal enquiries are welcome: please forward a CV and academic records to Prof. Alban Pothérat (alban.potherat@coventry.ac.uk).

Refs.:: Laboratory model for the convective patterns in the Tangent Cylinder of the Earth core (Aujogue, Pothérat, Sreenivasan & Debray, 2018, Journal of Fluid Mechanics)

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(From Andrew Kao, UK)

PhD Scholarship: Energy Saving Induction Melting by Electromagnetic Containment


Location:                                 Computational Science and Engineering Group, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS

Duration:                                Bursary available for 3 years. Year 1: £15,009, Years 2 and 3: in line with RCUK rate

Starting date:                        1 September, 2019

Application Deadline:           10 July, 2019

Further information:             https://www.gre.ac.uk/research/study/research-studentships-and-scholarships

Contact:                                  Dr Andrew Kao (a.kao@gre.ac.uk)



Kind regards,

Andrew Kao

PostDoc position in Computational MHD at UCLA

PostDoc position in Computational MHD at UCLA


from: Sergey Smolentsev


Opening: Postdoctoral position in Computational MHD/LM blanket design and analysis

Location: University of California at Los Angeles, USA, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Duration: 1 year with possible extension to 2 or 3 years

Starting date: As soon as possible

Application deadline: June 30, 2019

Requirements to the candidate: experience of computing LM MHD flows for fusion blanket applications with one or more CFD codes: CFX, FLUENT, OPENFOAM, COMSOL or others

Contact: Dr. Sergey Smolentsev (sergey@fusion.ucla.edu)