Research Assistant/Associate in High Fidelity Simulations

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Job Summary

The post, in collaboration with the University of Exeter, is to develop performant high-order simulation tools for highly anisotropic heat transport relevant to fusion applications as well as acoustic modelling for broadband noise prediction. Spectral/hp element methods have already demonstrated lower computational cost for a fixed accuracy in unsteady flows/wave propagation problems. This post is to continue development of computational techniques, including matrix-free operators for ARM and GPU platforms, within the Nektar++ spectral/hp element framework for these applications.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main duties will include:

  • Develop a proxy-app for anisotropic 2D heat transport
  • Implement the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings acoustic analogy within Nektar++.
  • Implement matrix-free kernels for ARM and GPU platforms and undertake performance analysis
  • Extend the Nektar++ library software as necessary to achieve the objectives of the projects.
  • To assist with the analysis of data
  • To assist with the writing of reports to research sponsors
  • To present findings to colleagues
  • To provide advice to other staff and students
  • To assist with the publication of findings
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary

Essential Requirements

Those appointed at Research Associate level

Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Engineering or a closely related discipline.

Those appointed at Research Assistant level

Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Engineering or a closely related discipline.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

For both levels

  • Expertise in the development and application of parallel CFD software
  • Experience of C++ development and object-oriented paradigms
  • Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals
  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
  • Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision

Further Information

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Chris Cantwell ( or Professor Spencer Sherwin (

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For queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Lisa Kelly:

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