Research Fellow in Multiscale Flow and Mixing of Complex Multiphase Particle-Liquid Suspensions - Chemical Engineering

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 15.07.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham

Resumes due: 13.10.2019

 

The post holder is expected to contribute to the achievement of the School’s research strategy by developing and undertaking new research activities on the subject of ‘particle-liquid flows’. 

The aim is to explore and study in detail the flow and mixing of two-phase particle-liquid suspensions experimentally and theoretically in mechanically agitated vessels.  The project requires the development of experimental flow rigs and techniques, and the use of various instruments and methods to study particle-liquid flow behaviour and rheology in flow systems of varying geometries and scales.  In particular, the research will make extensive use of the unique Lagrangian Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) technique pioneered at the University of Birmingham for 3D imaging of complex particle-liquid flows.  The work will also involve the development of data analysis techniques and analytical or data-driven Lagrangian models to describe such complex flows.

This multi-institutional project is part of a large EPSRC-funded collaboration with academic partners at the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London: https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/R045046/1.  Continuous interaction with our academic partners will require conducting experiments, measurements and analyses to complement our partners’ work, and providing data and interpretations to validate numerical models and simulations.

 

NB:  Candidates who need a visa to work in the UK and who do not have an academic qualification that was taught in English and is not recognized by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD, are required to provide evidence that they have passed within the last two years an approved English language test.  For more details, please check UK visa guidance: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/knowledge-of-english.

 

Main Duties

  • Plan, carry out and interpret experimental and theoretical work on particle-liquid flows and any related systems.
  • Critically analyse the data using a range of methods, develop new conceptual models and further develop the understanding of the science involved.
  • Develop new techniques and experimental procedures as appropriate. This will include utilising and developing novel techniques within the University of Birmingham in order to produce and characterise particle-liquid suspensions and related systems.
  • Set up and maintain in consultation with the Principal Investigator collaborations with the project’s academic partners to discuss and plan research strategy, design experiments and develop models and validate them.
  • Set up and maintain in consultation with the Principal Investigator collaborations with industrial partners to explore and develop new applications of the science/technology.
  • Present project’s findings and progress to the project consortium as required.

In addition to the above listed main responsibilities, the post holder will be expected to carry out further duties such as to:

  • Plan and develop research contributions to the subject area using methodologies, critical evaluations, interpretations, analyses and other appropriate techniques.
  • Suggest and contribute to the development of research techniques, models and methods in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate ideas based on outcomes.
  • Disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective media such as publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Manage the interface between project partners and the University as well as liaising with collaborators on project directions and outcomes.
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research.
  • Engage with and resolve problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • Undertake administration arising from the project as required.

 

Person Specification

Essential Skills:

  • Have a strong first degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant subject.
  • Have a PhD or be close to achieving a PhD or equivalent qualifications in a relevant research area.
  • A strong background in fluid mechanics and related subjects.
  • Strong background in advanced data analysis techniques.
  • Strong proven track record in a relevant research area.
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and/or research methods and techniques relevant to the project’s area of research.
  • Good knowledge combined with substantial experience and aptitude in use of computer programming tools such as Matlab.
  • Have excellent communication skills both oral and written: ability to communicate complex information clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong scientific vision and creativity.
  • Strong experimental skills.
  • Strong theoretical and modelling skills.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.

 

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience with two-phase particle-liquid flow systems is highly desirable.
  • Experience in developing, constructing and running complex experimental flow rigs.
  • Previous experience of both analytical and computational modelling is highly desirable (e.g. CFD, stochastic modelling).
  • Good knowledge and experience of programming in C++ or other languages is highly desirable.

 

For informal enquires contact Mostafa Barigou (M.Barigou@bham.ac.uk)

 
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