Research Associate in the numerical simulation of debris flows in tornadoes - Engineering and Physic

United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Oct 14, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

Engineeing and Physical Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Salary restricted to £30,942

Grade 7

Full time / Fixed term contract until 30th April 2021

Closing date: 2nd November 2020

Job Summary

In many parts of the world, the highest wind speeds are generated by tornadoes. Whilst there has been some research of late in this field, the issue of debris embedded in the flow has largely been ignored, despite it being of particular importance - the debris can lead to additional loading which in turn can generate more debris.

This is a rare opportunity to join a world-leading group to undertake a self-contained element of research concerning wind-borne debris within tornadoes. This research will build on existing research within the group and will simulate debris flow within tornado at high swirl ratios.

Main Duties
  • Numerically simulating tornado-like flow using LES with embedded debris as per agreed research objectives, as well as pursuing novel research directions, with the assistance of line manager.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data and generate original ideas from the simulations.
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding and original research outputs.
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Manage individual components of the study from the start of the project to dissemination of findings within set timeframes, and deal with problems that may affect the achievement of these objectives/deadlines.
  • Present research results within the research group and disseminate research findings through publication or other recognised forms of output, e.g. peer-reviewed journals, reports and conference presentations at local and national level.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students/undergraduate students where appropriate to the discipline.
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Evaluate methods/techniques and results from other researchers and relate such evaluations to your own work.
  • Keep abreast of the literature and maintain a good working knowledge of the background and current developments in the field of the project.
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research.
  • Contribute to Departmental/Institute research-related activities and research-related administration.
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof

Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research.
  • Contribute to the work and decision making of the research team as a whole through dialogue with colleagues, generation of ideas, contributing to grant applications, advising on study design, problem solving etc.
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification
  • First degree in area of specialism to research area.
  • Proven track record of undertaking LES ideally of tornado-like flow and analysing data.
  • Evidence of an ability to disseminate research findings through publication and at scientific meetings/conferences (at least 1 first author publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal).
  • Effective organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • High level analytical capability.
  • Evidence of an ability to work individually and in a research team.

Informal enquiries can be made to Mark Sterling -

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