POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN AEROSOL SCIENCE
Competitive Tax-free Salary
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a major new graduate university focused on becoming a leader in science and technology research and graduate education. Located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the university’s coastline campus on the Red Sea features high-quality residences, extensive recreational facilities and beach, a multicultural environment, and a high quality of life for employees and their families.
The Reactive Flow Modeling Laboratory (http://flow.kaust.edu.sa) within the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) has several fully funded postdoctoral fellowships lasting from one up to three years available.
Areas of interest include numerical and experimental aerosol science and fluid mechanics.
Description of the project.
Postdoctoral fellows will be involved in an ongoing project aiming to investigate the formation and growth of droplets in a stream of condensing vapor in canonical laminar and turbulent flows. The research program combines experiments and simulations in laminar and turbulent flows synergistically. The research activities are carried out in collaboration with other CCRC faculty and researchers at KAUST in a vibrant and stimulating research environment. As the project features both experimental and numerical components, two types of positions are available.
o Numerical investigation of aerosol formation and growth in laminar and turbulent flows.
The interaction of aerosol growth processes, scalar mixing and hydrodynamics is a key process in various flows in nature and technology. Topics of immediate interest include (a) massively parallel Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of turbulent aerosols in canonical flow configurations; (b) large-eddy simulation (LES) sub-grid-scale (SGS) model development for turbulent aerosol flows; (c) simulation of hydrodynamic effects on aerosols in laboratory laminar flows.
o Experimental investigation of aerosol formation and growth in laminar and turbulent flows.
The experimental thrust of this project includes the design, planning and execution of experiments on condensing aerosols in simple flow configurations. A variety of diagnostics are applied, including particle sizing (Doppler and SMPS), flow field characterization (PIV), vapor concentration field measurements, etc. Experiments for the laminar and turbulent regimes are planned.
Our experimental laboratory is equipped with the following diagnostics: three-component, low repetition particle image velocimetry (LaVision); Phase-Doppler Interferometer for droplet size and velocity (Artium Technologies); Scanning Mobility Particle Sizes & Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (TSI); Rayleigh & CARS system for temperature and vapor concentration; In addition, RFML personnel have access to numerous CCRC facilities and laser equipment (http://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa).
The CCRC is equipped with two 512-core Linux clusters and access to KAUST’s own IBM Blue Gene P/System “Shaheen”, featuring 64,000 computing cores.
Qualifications. A PhD in mechanical or chemical engineering, applied physics or applied mathematics with emphasis in one or more of the following areas.
1. Aerosol science, experimental methods in aerosols, experimental methods in fluid mechanics.
2. Numerical methods for the simulation of aerosols and the solution of fluid flow equations. Candidates should have demonstrated coding skills in C, C++ or Fortran. Experience in parallel programming is preferred, but not necessary.
Appointment Period. One, two and three-year appointments are possible.
Salary & Benefits. We offer a very competitive salary on a graded system, adjustable depending on qualifications and seniority. Benefits include housing, medical, dental and life insurance for employees and their family, K-12 education for dependent children, relocation allowance, repatriation allowance, and 20 days vacation per annum. No income tax is paid in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Application & Inquiries. Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled. Please submit as a single PDF file: (a) cover letter, (b) detailed academic CV including a list of publications, (c) research statement, and (d) contacts of three references to Prof. Fabrizio Bisetti (email@example.com). Include the keyword "RFML-POSTDOC" in the Subject line. Please contact Prof. Bisetti for any questions related to the research projects.
About RFML & CCRC. The research mission of the Reactive Flow Modeling Laboratory is to advance modeling in the areas of turbulent combustion, turbulent aerosols and novel combustion technology. The Clean Combustion Research Center conducts basic and applied research in the field of combustion. The Center is equipped with two 512-core Linux clusters and access to KAUST’s own IBM Blue Gene P/System “Shaheen”. Topics of interest include: fuel formulation, turbulent combustion, laser diagnostics, soot formation, turbulent aerosols, and novel combustion concepts. The CCRC research program synergistically combines experimental and computational approaches.
More information is available at the following websites: http://www.kaust.edu.sa, http://flow.kaust.edu.sa, and http://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa
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