Research Associate in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Closing Date : 19/08/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Non-Linear Dynamics
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10395

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to conduct experimental research on the instabilities of fluid interfaces in narrow gaps. The research project, Transition to disordered front propagation, is funded by EPSRC. The overall aim is to extend the modern dynamical systems approach, as recently used to develop understanding of the transition to turbulence in shear flows, to help explain the transition to disorder in an entirely different flow: Saffman-Taylor fingering in a Hele-Shaw channel. In shear flow turbulence, a key theoretical concept is the interpretation of localised turbulent puffs as edge states, weakly unstable states with a stable manifold that determines the basin boundary separating initial conditions decaying to laminar flow from those growing to turbulence. The fundamental hypothesis to be investigated in this project is that (known) unstable solutions of the Saffman-Taylor flow are edge states that underlie both the transition from the steadily propagating Saffman-Taylor finger to the experimentally observed complex patterns, and the dynamics of the patterns themselves. The quasi-two-dimensional Saffman-Taylor fingering problem is particularly amenable to experimental investigation because in further contrast to turbulence, the flow is at very low Reynolds number so that nonlinearities only occur at the interface.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of Physics, Applied Mathematics or Engineering. Expertise in fluid mechanics and stability theory are essential, as well as having demonstrated creative experimental skills in fluids or soft matter research. Knowledge of free surface flows and modern theories of transition to turbulence in shear flows is also desirable. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are required.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Anne Juel


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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