POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN COMBUSTION 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 within the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) has several fully funded postdoctoral fellowships lasting from one up to three years.
Projects are available in the areas of numerical combustion science and computational fluid dynamics.
Description of the projects
The research activities are carried out in collaboration with other CCRC faculty and researchers at KAUST in a vibrant and stimulating research environment.
o Investigation of soot evolution in laminar and turbulent flames.
The interaction of soot growth processes, mixing and hydrodynamics is a key process in various flows in combustion technology. Topics of immediate interest include (a) massively parallel Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of canonical turbulent sooting flames; (b) large-eddy simulation (LES) sub-grid-scale (SGS) model development for sooting turbulent flames; (c) simulation of hydrodynamic effects on soot formation in laboratory laminar flames.
o Modeling of weak plasmas in flames.
Recently, the ability to control flame behavior via applied electromagnetic fields has sparked interest in flame plasma modeling. Topics of immediate interest include (a) modeling of plasma chemistry and transport in canonical flame configurations; (b) the development of suitable spatial and temporal discretization algorithms; and (c) uncertainty quantification (UQ) applied to plasma chemistry. This project is carried out in close collaboration with personnel at UC Berkeley and KAUST.
o Algorithms for the implicit solution of flows with stiff source terms.
A topic of immediate interest is the development and application of sparse Newton-Krylov solvers to the implicit time integration of reactive/convective/diffusive systems on massively parallel machines (e.g. IBM Blue Gene Systems) with application to combustion problems.
Qualifications. Ideal candidates posses a PhD in engineering, applied physics or applied mathematics with emphasis in the area of fluid mechanics, numerical combustion, aerosols, plasmas or numerical methods for PDEs. Candidates should have demonstrated coding skills in C, C++ or Fortran with experience in parallel programming.
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: http://www.kaust.edu.sa, http://flow.kaust.edu.sa, and http://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa
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