Job summary

We are seeking an excellent post-doctoral researcher to join the ERC-funded AFIRMATIVE project at Imperial College London. This position will be based in the Thermofluids Division within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The project will develop predictive tools for thermoacoustic instability, a damaging phenomenon which arises due to a two-way interaction between acoustic waves and unsteady heat release rate, and which is hindering the development of future low carbon combustors. The position will involve applying machine learning and data-driven methods to the prediction of thermoacoustic instability. Data-driven models will be trained on data from the research group’s low order network solver, combined with CFD, analytical or experimental data for the flame. These models will span physics-informed and black-box approaches and results will be evaluated to extract important physical insights. This will inform methods for eliminating thermoacoustic instabilities in the aerospace and power industries, and for optimising acoustic dampers across a wide range of industries

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will identify key aspects of thermoacoustic stability prediction suitable for machine learning and data-driven methods.
  • You will develop and curate appropriate training data sets from low order network models, CFD, experiments or analytical models.
  • You will develop and implement the machine learning and data-driven methods computationally.
  • You will analyse results and evaluate to extract important physical insights.

Essential requirements

  • You should have (or be close to completing) a PhD in an Engineering, or other relevant subject area.
  • You should have research experience in thermoacoustic instability and either experiments or simulation of fluid flows.
  • You must have experience of computer coding including in Matlab and preferably also in Python.
  • You should have knowledge of the background theory in the fields of fluid mechanics and thermoacoustics.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for until May 2023 in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Professor Aimee Morgans at .

To apply, please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact ME-.

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