Research Associate – University of Cambridge

A position exists for a computational applied mathematician, from 1 January 2020, to work on developing a fundamental understanding of transition and ensuing turbulent mixing in stratified shear flows. The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge and will collaborate closely with Professor Colm-cille Caulfield and Professor Rich Kerswell.

The role holder will conduct numerical simulations and analyse the results using a range of approaches drawn from recent developments in applied mathematics. Key areas of development include generalised stability theory, dynamical systems theory, reduced order modelling such as dynamic mode decomposition and various aspects of machine learning. Demonstrated familiarity with at least one of these areas is essential, and familiarity with instability, turbulence and mixing in stratified shear flows is also very desirable.

Duties include: running and analysing simulations and developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to research area.

The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in mathematics, engineering or a closely related area. The starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Professor Colm-cille Caulfield at

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, covering letter and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years.

The closing date for applications is 6 November 2019.

Please quote reference LE20846 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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