Research Associate Computational Fluid Dynamics of Spray Combustion


30th April 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team in the National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology working on a project in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a 24-month contract to join a programme of work which will investigate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis techniques for afterburner or ‘reheat’ systems which are used to increase thrust on aircraft engines.

The work would involve simulating various aspects of a simplified but representative system, including fuel spray formation and combustion, to test, validate and develop modelling techniques. Suitable numerical methodologies will be tested for different aspects, such as high-fidelity interface resolving methods for atomisation and Large Eddy Simulation with turbulent chemistry models for combustion. Results will be compared to experimental results to improve modelling capability and establish recommendations for further improvements. This will consider both theoretical and practical aspects of the modelling with fundamental results published through journals and conferences as well as reports to the project partner.

Applications are encouraged from researchers with experience in one or both of reacting flow modelling or spray modelling CFD and the project could represent an excellent opportunity for a researcher to expand their expertise.

For more details, please refer to the job description and person specification.

The National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT) opened in 2020 and is a global centre of excellence that was funded through a partnership comprising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Aerospace Technology Institute, Innovate UK and with support from Rolls-Royce. The Centre builds on the long-standing strategic partnership between Loughborough University and Rolls-Royce.

Informal enquiries can be made to Andrew Garmory via email at

Closing Date for application is 30 April 2024

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Have completed a PhD in a subject relevant to the job.


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