University of British Columbia, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: UBC-RA1_2023 [#23967]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type: Other
Position Location: Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Rheology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics
Starting Date: 2024/01/01
Salary Range: $CAD 66,924-78,000
Application Deadline: 2023/12/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/11/28, finished 2024/01/18)
Position Description:    

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Research Associate in Rheology and Computational Methods

We seek a research associate with both computational experience, laboratory experience in rheometry and the performance of bench-scale fluid mechanics experiments. We would prefer a candidate with a PhD in a relevant field of Engineering (or related field), relevant postdoctoral experience and a strong publication record. Experience of lab management, project leadership and training of graduate students is a bonus. the successful candidate should have demonstrable experience in all the following areas.


  • Has experience using various HPC clusters for large scale simulations of multiphase non-Newtonian fluids in two and three dimensions.
  • Familiar with numerical solution methods for the above and comfortable to both write computational programs and to contribute to open source libraries.
  • Experience of combining computational and experimental methods in fluid mechanical or rheological studies, leading to high quality scientific publication.
  • Expertise with research-quality rheometers, performance of both standard test protocols and familiarity with other such as LAOS.
  • Experience of instructing/training in rheometry and/or other activities that contribute to rheological education.
  • Interest and/or experience in developing new rheometry techniques.
  • Experience with other methods such as SALS, SANS, micro-PIV in a rheometry context is an advantage.
Fluid Mechanics:
  • Experience with developing and running bespoke bench-scale experiments using a range of non-Newtonian fluids.
  • Experience with multiphase flow, especially bubble dynamics is an advantage.
  • Skills in fluid preparation, measurement, velocimetry and visualization techniques.
  • Data acquisition and control, e.g. Labview.
  • Data analysis techniques.
Other experience:

The candidate will work both within the Department of Mathematics and within the complex fluids laboratory at UBC, as laboratory manager. The candidate will have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, to create a welcoming community for all. The selected candidate must be able to work within a highly interdisciplinary environment, working with engineers, applied mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and industrialists.

The anticipated starting date is January 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Review of the applications will start from December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline for application materials to be received is December 30, 2023.

Applicants are requested to supply a current CV including a list of publications, statements describing previous performance in research and teaching, and a cover letter which includes a statement stating how you meet the selection criteria. Names and contact details of at least 3 references should also be sent by the closing date.

The position will be reviewed annually and is subject to satisfactory performance and available funding.

We take our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion seriously, and we strive to offer a productive and inclusive space for all department members. University-wide strategic priorities are outlined in the UBC Inclusion Action Plan
and the Indigenous Strategic Plan
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Salary will be in the range $CAD66,924-$CAD78,000.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
Postdoctoral Applications c/o The Executive Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 1Z2