University of Warwick, Department of Mathematics

930 14064Position ID: 930-RF3 [#14064]
Position Title: Research Fellow
Position Location: Coventry, Coventry West Midlands CV4 7AL, United Kingdom [map]
Application Deadline: 2019/07/24help popup (posted 2019/06/28, listed until 2019/07/24)
Position Description:    

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University of Warwick

Department of Mathematics

Research Fellow

£30,395 - £39,609 per annum Ref: 101802-069

University of Warwick, Coventry

Fixed Term, Full-Time Contract for 3 Years 36.5 hours per week (100% FTE)

The Micro & Nano Flows Group at the University of Warwick are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop new computational modelling tools that will enable a step change in our understanding of 3D interfacial instabilities, for which no theory currently exists, that plague a range of manufacturing processes.

This international and interdisciplinary project will focus on understanding what governs the maximum speed at which liquids spread across (or ‘wet’) solid surfaces. The result of exceeding this threshold is routinely observed, causing raindrops to splash upon impact with a windscreen, and it is the bottleneck to achieving faster liquid-applied coatings (a~$100 billion industry), e.g. for the manufacture of solar cells. This project will explore this phenomenon by building upon recent advances in computational modelling and exploiting a synergy with cutting-edge experimental analysis performed by our partners.

This work forms part of a large-scale international project Dynamic Wetting & Interfacial Transitions in Three Dimensions: Theory vs Experiment, funded by the EPSRC (UK) and CBET (US). The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading experimental analysis being conducted on coating flows in Satish Kumar’s group in Minnesota and drop dynamics in Alfonso Castrejón-Pita’s team at Oxford as well as with industrial partners that include multi-national 3M, famous for Post-it and Scotchguard, and TriJet, a leading consultancy firm on emerging drop-based technologies.

This position is to work with Dr James Sprittles (Maths) and Professor Duncan Lockerby (Engineering) at the University of Warwick, and you will be based in the Mathematics Institute, which in REF2014 was placed first in the UK for Research Environment with 92% of the research rated world leading or internationally excellent. You will also be integrated into an ever-expanding group of researchers (including 7 postdoctoral fellows) at Warwick (see and will be expected to participate in lively weekly group meetings.

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).

This is a fixed term post for 3 years. Start date is by arrangement, following interview.

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Closing date: 24 July 2019

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