PhD Studentship - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in Aeronautics: Unsteady 3D SBLIs and flow control to mitigate corner separation ESR-9

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

A position exists, for a PhD Student/ Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Department of Engineering, to work with Professor Holger Babinsky on the EC-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie "TEAMAero" European Training Network (ETN). Information about TEAMAero and full details of the application process can be found here

The aim of this project is to investigate supersonic corner flow separation. Many supersonic flows in practical applications, eg wind tunnel working sections or engine inlets, feature streamwise corners formed by the intersection of two surfaces. When an adverse pressure gradient is imposed by a shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction (SBLI), premature flow separation is often observed in these corner regions. This can influence the nature of the interaction flow elsewhere. Following on from previous studies in Cambridge, this project will a) determine the effect of corner separations on global flowfield unsteadiness and b) explore the potential of flow control to mitigate the adverse corner effects.

Key responsibilities and duties: 1) To undertake experimental research in line with the project objectives. 2) To attend TEAMAero training events organised by the consortium. 3) To report and present research results in TEAMAero project meetings and workshops, as well as at international conferences. 4) To plan the use of research resources, facilities and instrumentation as appropriate. 5) To plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others.

Skills: The successful candidate is expected to have a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering or Physics with high II:1 Honours or international equivalent; substantial prior experience in experimental aerodynamics, a thorough knowledge of gasdynamics and expertise in optical flow diagnostics. Previous research experience in high-speed flows is highly desirable. The candidate must have excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Applicants must also be willing to comply with EC's mobility requirements for ITN ESRs, and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years.

Salary: Living and mobility allowances €3870 per month + additional allowance dependent on eligibility.

Applicants must at the time of recruitment by the host organisation: be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree, be able and willing to undertake transnational mobility (ie move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment and when participating in secondments. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal, with Professor Babinsky identified as the potential supervisor.

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