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Research Associate in Hydrodynamics and Mooring Analysis for Offshore WECs
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016674

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/06/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 September 2021 until 31 August 2024

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious individual to undertake wave, multi-body, mooring interaction modelling and experimental investigation for wave energy converters. This will involve linear and second-order hydrodynamics, nonlinear wave modelling, multi-body and mooring dynamics. This will use the open-source code OceanWave3D, available in-house codes and commercial codes Orcaflex and Proteus. Wave basin experiments will be undertaken in the COAST laboratory, Plymouth, and FloWave, Edinburgh. Project MoorWEC is in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, Strathclyde and the City University of London. Exeter will undertake integrated mooring analysis for snap loads and fatigue and design optimisation, making use of Orcaflex. Strathclyde and City will input different forms of computational fluid dynamics.   

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in mathematics, physics, or engineering, and have specialist knowledge in wave hydrodynamics and wave-structure interaction. Expertise in running software and data analysis is essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative. Excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Peter Stansby.


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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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