Reader/Chair in Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing – Imperial College London

Job summary

The Fluid Dynamics/Scientific Computing group in Mathematics is internationally leading in its research and scholarship and is one of the largest groupings of its kind in a Mathematics Department. We are looking for an international leader in the field to fill an opening at the Reader/Chair (Professor) level in Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing. All areas are of interest, the main criterion being excellence. The group’s research covers fluid dynamics across scales and applications, and there is expertise in modelling, analysis and computation, with applications to low and high Reynolds numbers, aerodynamics, biofluid dynamics, electro- and magneto-hydrodynamics, geophysics and oceanography, and materials processing to mention a few. 

The group boasts three Fellows of the American Physical Society (Division of Fluid Dynamics) and its members are editors and/or associate editors in numerous prestigious journals including the IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, Physical Review Fluids, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, among others. The group has strong connections and substantial research collaborations with the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial. In addition, Mathematics is an integral part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics Across Scales that has brought together over 60 fluid dynamicists at Imperial involving mathematics and six engineering departments. The Fluid Dynamics group has strong links with industry including Airbus, Bombardier, and the Met Office, and is always looking to establish and nurture further links to address some of the biggest and most pressing societal challenges such as energy sustainability and climate change.

You are expected to undertake a vigorous and modern research programme, to compete for research funding and seek links and collaborations with industry, and to train and mentor research staff and students at the highest scientifically rigorous levels in the general area of Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing. In addition, you are also expected to be a team player and to establish research collaborations within the department, at college level and beyond.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be engaged with research, education, and administrative duties in complete alignment with the department’s strategy, goals and vision. Among your research duties, you will direct a research area at the highest scientifically rigorous levels, supervise, train and mentor research staff and students, obtain funds and research grants and encourage and guide junior research staff to do the same, and strive to establish links with industry. You will teach and examine courses at all levels, teach modules in fluid dynamics and scientific computing at all levels, supervise PhD, MSc and MSci theses. You will also undertake appropriate administrative tasks in support of the department’s teaching and research activities and attend relevant academic or management committees.

Full information on duties, responsibilities and criteria can be found in the Job Description.

Essential requirements

  • PhD in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or a closely related scientific field
  • An international reputation (commensurate with career stage) and expertise in the field of Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing
  • A significant or sustained track record (commensurate with career stage) in attracting high levels of research funding
  • Extensive experience in leading the design of research programmes
  • An excellent record of research, evidenced by a portfolio of research publications, confirming national/ international standing (commensurate with career stage)
  • Experience of training Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
  • Experience of supervision of higher degrees (PhD)
  • Evidence of management and administration experience
  • Ability to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
  • A high level of analytical capability
  • Ability to make a significant contribution to the management of a department
  • Proven skills in leading, motivating, developing and managing the performance of colleagues, ensuring the effective performance and development of a leading research department
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good organisational and management skills
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Collaborative and able to build and sustain effective working relationships, both internally and externally

Further information

Starting salary: From £81,791 per annum for Chair; From £71,448 per annum for Reader

Please see our Further Particulars for more information about the College and the benefits available to staff.

For informal discussions about this position, please contact, Professor Grigorios Pavliotis, Head of the Section, Email: or Professor Demetrios Papageorgiou, Chair in Applied Maths and Mathematical Physics, Email:  

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to: Mrs Maria Monteiro, Senior Appointments Manager,

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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