University of Hull

University of Hull

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Gravity Currents (EST-096-LW)

United Kingdom

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Gravity Currents Reference: EST-096-LW

Campus: Hull Faculty/Area: Institutes Subject Group/Team: Energy and Environment Institute Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum Post Type: Full Time Closing Date: Thursday 14 December 2023

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and cover letter

The Energy and Environment Institute, within the University of Hull; is looking to recruit a PDRA (Fixed term for 24 months) to experimentally and numerically determine the interaction between downslope gravity currents and submarine infrastructure. The successful candidate will become part of an interdisciplinary team addressing environmental and industrial fluid dynamics, under the direction of Dr Edward Skevington.

This project, supported by the Turbidites Research Group, University of Leeds (TRG: www. ), will examine the forces exerted on the infrastructure of the ever increasing interconnectivity of the modern world using a combination of experiments and simulations. The experiments will be performed in the Stratified Flow Facility: a new, globally unique experimental facility at the University of Hull. The principle output from the work will be an empirical model, useable for prediction and mitigation against damage and downtime of real-world infrastructure.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage with PhD students, support fluid-dynamics based research across the TRG (including Univ. Leeds, Univ. Hull and Univ. College Dublin) and develop independent research projects. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with on-going research across the University of Hull, including offshore renewable energy, flood risk and the bioeconomy.

Other requirements for this post include having extensive experience in modelling particle-laden flows or gravity-current dynamics. A PhD in engineering, mathematics, physics or a related discipline is essential and the candidate will have an established, or developing, research profile, including evidence of peer-reviewed publications. Experience in experimental fluid dynamics, numerical methods, supervision and mentoring of graduate students would be advantageous.

The post holder will lead the design and execution of gravity-current – infrastructure interaction. Through this research, the post-holder will interface as part of a larger interdisciplinary team. The position requires relevant theoretical, experimental, and/or numerical expertise to advance state-of-the-art understanding of gravity-current mechanics. In addition, the position requires excellent scientific communication, presentation and writing skills, as well as critical and analytical problem-solving skills.

In your covering letter please refer directly to the criteria given in the person specification below. Applications are assessed by the selection panel according to these criteria.

To discuss this role please contact Dr Edward Skevington: [email protected]

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Job details


Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Gravity Currents (EST-096-LW)


University of Hull


United Kingdom


November 17, 2023

Application deadline

December 14, 2023

Job type



Agricultural Science,Engineering,Mathematics,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

The University of Hull is a top-50 ranked public university for research. The institution was established in 1927 as University College Hull. The Royal Charter of 1954 granted the institution an authority to award its own degrees to students. As a result, it became the third university in Yorkshire and 14th university in England. Today, it is amongst the world's best institutes for research and learning.

Situated in England's port city Kingston upon Hull, the campus of the university is based in a residential area. The University has three central accommodations namely Westfield Court, The Courtyard, and Taylor Court that provide on-campus accommodation to the students. The campus also boasts of a number of cafeterias, bars, a nightclub, a book shop, career service, an advice center, and sporting facilities with the new sports hall and gym opening in 2019.

The academic structure of the university consists of four faculties that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level programs. The Faculty of Arts, Culture, and Education offers courses in various disciplines of education, social sciences, and arts. Faculty of Health Sciences includes degree programs in medical, life sciences, and social work. The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers programs in applied and environmental sciences, technology, and mathematics. Faculty of Business, Law, and Politics allows students to pursue courses in business management, finance, accounting, marketing, international relations, and law. The university has around 15,000 students including international students from 100 countries. With nearly 1,000 staff members.

The university has many distinguished alumni who are leading in the fields of academia, politics, science, sports, theatre, and journalism. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Ahmet Muhtar Kent (former CEO of the Coca Cola Company), Professor Sarah Gilbert (Professor of Vaccinology, Oxford), Anthony Minghella (British film director), Jeremy Darroch (Group Chief Executive, Sky Plc), Ana Brnabi? (Prime Minister of Serbia), Tom Watson MP (Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party).

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