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Research Associate in Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics for Future Reactor Design.

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Faculty of Engineering at The University of Sheffield is one the leading engineering faculties in the UK, consisting of seven departments. Independent assessment shows that more than two-thirds of our research is internationally excellent or world-leading. Our vision is to compete to be the best engineering faculty in the UK and to be amongst the best in the world.

We are currently investing £152 million into our estate to help to achieve this goal. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield was rated in the top five in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) when accounting for research profile and volume.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic researchers/engineers to participate in an exciting research program of Research and Design in Digital Nuclear Reactor Design, funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategies.

The overall aim of the ambitious program is to develop solutions to accurately model reactor thermal hydraulics, and predict active and passive, single and two-phase flows and regimes to aid the design and development or evaluation of future reactor designs, using different cooling fluid media. The program is a collaboration between Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, Science
and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Frazer-Nash, EDF Energy and Westinghouse.

The successful candidate will work closely with a large team of academics, engineers and Research Associates and will be responsible for the development of smart models for future reactor designs especially those involving liquid metal such as sodium using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Such models will make use of the latest development in high performance computing (HPC), advanced mesh generation techniques and turbulence modelling to make a step change to the conventional approaches currently adopted in the industry. The post holder will attend regular project meetings reporting their progresses and contributing to discussions in other project areas, hence developing experience and knowledge in a wide range of topics in thermal hydraulics.

Due to the tight time scale of the project, we will aim to arrange for interview within two weeks of the closing date.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop smart models for future reactor designs especially those involving liquid metal such as sodium using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
• Work closely with the investigation team, contributing to other aspects of the research program as appropriate.
• Attend quarterly project meetings and present own results.
• Produce progress reports regularly as required.
• Work closely and communicate well with all project partners about research progress and progress towards deliverables.
• Publish conference and journal papers on the work.
• Present the work at national and international meetings and conferences.
• Co-supervise junior researchers and PhD students as appropriate.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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