Research Fellow in Modelling Battery Fires

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Дедлайн: 13.06.2019



Vacancy Overview
Fixed-term contract until 31 December 2020 
Full-time, 36.5 hours per week 

You will undertake research to model battery fires using FireFOAM, the LES based fire simulation solver within the frame of open source CFD code OpenFOAM. You will link FireFOAM with other codes developed within the group for modelling battery thermal runaway and its propagation in modules and groups. For the latter, some further development work is anticipated. You will contribute to modelling fires of lithium ion batteries in the Innovate UK funded LIBRIS project, which is focused on lithium-ion battery research into safety, led by Jaguar Land Rover. 

You should hold a PhD (or be expecting the imminent award of one) in mechanical, chemical engineering or a related discipline. Experience in CFD modelling of turbulent combustion will be beneficial. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in OpenFOAM development. Further information about ongoing research activities at the host group Warwick FIRE can be found at 

You will have experience in CFD modelling of turbulent combustion. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in FireFOAM/OpenFOAM development. Some knowledge about thermal runaway of lithium-ion batteries will be beneficial. You will also have a developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research output and will be able to contribute to the development of funding proposals. Excellent IT skills including demonstrable ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. 

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate. 

The School of Engineering is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality, representation and progression for all staff working in an academic environment. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze award and the University holds an Institutional Silver award. Further information about the work of the School in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link; 

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa). 

Interview date: 25 June 2019

Job Description

To undertake research to improve the fire modelling capability within Warwick FIRE and conduct original research to improve some of the sub-models for modelling battery fires. 


1. Link FireFOAM with other codes developed within the group for modelling battery thermal runaway and its propagation in modules and groups. 

2. Carry out further development of the model to facilitate the prediction of thermal runaway propagation in modules and groups. 

3. Validate the predictions with tests data to be conducted by LibRIS partners as well as new data from the literature. 

4. Present results to project partners and at relevant international conferences and workshops. 

5. Apply the validated models to novel applications of fire safety as directed by the Principal Investigator. 

6. To contribute to School of Engineering committees and administrative duties and tasks. 

7. Work within budget constraints. 

8. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety, and other University regulations and good working practices in all aspects of work. 

Duties and responsibilities outlined above are not intended to be an exhaustive list, but provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties and to carry out any other duties as directed by the line manager. 

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 
Good honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject. (a)

Essential Criteria 2 
A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 3 
Experience in CFD modelling in general and OpenFOAM or other research (non-commercial) CFD codes in particular. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4 
Experience in combustion or fire modelling. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 5 
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 6 
Good IT skills including Microsoft Office and proven ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 7 
Able to evidence excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 8 
Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 1 
Experience in electro-chemistry for lithium-ion batteries (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 2 
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 3 
Experience in soot modelling. (a) (c) (d)

Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars . 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website . 

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

Right to work in the UK 
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Closing Date
13 Jun 2019