Postdoc Opportunities

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We are looking for a person who can contribute to the design of morphing blades for tidal turbines and to make technical drawings that can be used to commission their manufacturing. The candidate must have expertise in composite materials and finite element analysis. Expertise in wind or tidal turbine design is desirable but not essential. They will work under the supervision of Dr Eddie McCarthy at the University of Edinburgh. Remote working can be considered. The position is for six months, starting asap. The post holder will design two sets of morphing blades: a 2D extruded blade section with a chord of about 15 cm and a span of 40 cm that will be tested in a water tunnel, and three 60-cm-span blades that will be tested on a model-scale turbine in the Flowave facility. Both sets of blades have a flexible trailing edge. A design deformation, which is to be computed with finite element analysis, must be achieved for nominal pressure distributions. If time permits, a fatigue analysis will be undertaken in the finite element analysis code of choice. 

Duration: 6 months (extendible). 

Eligibility: applicants must satisfy one of the two following criteria: (1) have a UK passport/settlement status, or (2) be on a T4 visa and have already submitted their PhD. 

To apply: send to i.m.viola@ed.ac.uk one single PDF file including a cover letter stating why the applicant believes that they are eligible by the above criteria, their motivation and their full CV. 

Research Associate in the Fluid Mechanics of Morphing Blades (Job ID 269) 

We are recruiting two Research Associates to contribute to experimental and theoretical research on the fluid-structure interaction of morphing blades for wind and tidal turbines. The post holders will join a team made of a Research Associated in Computational Fluid Dynamics, several PhD students, and the two Co-investigators: Dr Anna Young at the University of Bath and Dr Ignazio Maria Viola at the University of Edinburgh. Additional collaborators include the Italian Centre for National Research and seven internationally-leading companies in the wind and tidal energy sector. The aim of the project is to investigate the underlying fluid mechanics of passive pitch systems and deformable blades to mitigate unsteady loads and maximise power output over a range of flow conditions. The post holders will be responsible for the design, commission and test of model scale blades, as well as for the development of theoretical fluid mechanics models. Model-scale blade sections will be tested in the water tunnels of the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh, where time-resolved and stereo particle image velocimetry will be undertaken. Model scale blades will also be tested on a 1.2-m-diameter turbine in the large-scale facility Flowave (https://flowave.eng.ed.ac.uk). Experimental tests will be undertaken mostly in water, but complementary wind tunnel studies will be considered. The aim, in fact, is to deliver fundamental knowledge that could underpin the development of technology for both the wind and the tidal energy sector. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. These roles are UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322) and will be available on a fixed term basis for up to 2 years. The closing date is 9th August 2021, 5 pm (UTC+1). 

Research Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Job ID 940)

A Research Associate position is available to contribute to the research on morphing blades for tidal turbines within the Vortex Interaction Laboratory (https://voilab.eng.ed.ac.uk) at the University of Edinburgh. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and it is in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bath and seven world-leading tidal and wind energy technology companies. This role is UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322) and is available on a fixed term basis for up to 2 years. Closing date 13/05/2021, 17:00. 

Research Associate in the Fluid Mechanics of Small Flyers (Job ID 649)

The Research Associate will contribute to the research on the low-Reynolds-number aerodynamics of dandelion-inspired flyers within the Vortex Interaction Collaboratory (VOILAb) within the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh. The project is funded by the European Research Council. This role is UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322) and is available on a fixed term basis for up to 4 years. Closing date 01/04/2021, 17:00.

Research Associate in the Fluid Mechanics of Morphing Blades (Job ID 269) 

These Research Associate positions will contribute to the research on the numerical and experimental fluid mechanics, respectively, of morphing blades for tidal turbines within the Vortex Interaction Collaboratory (VOILAb) within the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bath. This role is UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322) and is available on a fixed term basis for up to 24 months. Closing date: 12/01/2021, 17:00

Research Associate in the Structural Mechanics of Morphing Blades (Job ID 270)

This Research Associate position will contribute to the research on the structural mechanics of morphing blades for tidal turbines within the Vortex Interaction Collaboratory (VOILAb) within the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bath. This role is UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322) and is available on a fixed term basis for up to 30 months. Closing date: 12/01/2021, 17:00