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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Salary: Salary anticipated $48,000 annually/based on grant funding
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General Summary of Position:

The successful applicant will conduct analytical and computational research in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of nonequilibrium plasma flows with an emphasis on the modeling and simulation of plasma in contact with liquid, and work with immediate supervisor in writing scholarly articles and research proposals.

Duties / Responsibilities

Conduct computational research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). This specifically involves:

  1. Formulating physical, mathematical, and computational models of plasma systems.
  2. Designing, developing, and validating computational tools. Designing and performing computational simulations, evaluating and analyzing results, and deriving understanding of underlying phenomena.
  3. Prepare status reports and deliverables in collaboration with and under the direction of the PI, on time and to the highest standard.

Assist supervisor in writing scholarly articles and research proposals:

  1. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and assist in the formulation and writing of externally funded research proposals. This effort will include finding appropriate opportunities, finding collaborative partners, generating preliminary data, and proposal writing. The successful candidate will be expected to publish at least 2 articles per year in peer-reviewed scientific journals based on the research conducted as first author, along with participation in other papers in a secondary roll. Papers and presentations in scientific conferences will also be required.

Attend Meetings related to the research projects:

  1. Conduct weekly group meeting between PI, Post-Docs and students.

Supervision of Graduate Students:

  1.  Meet weekly with students to review their research projects, progress, papers and to develop path forward.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • PhD in Engineering, Physic, Applied Math, Computer Science, or related area
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, Scientific Computing
  • Physical, mathematical, and computational model formulation; computer programming; high performance computing software development and computational simulation; effective scientific and interpersonal communication (individual and group meetings, presentations, written reports, journal publications, etc.)

Additional Considerations:

  • Should demonstrate a minimum number of at least 2 publications in the field
  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.   

This position is contingent upon funding.  The initial appointment will be for two years with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume, cover letter and sample of scholarly work/publication with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  Submission of publications in peer-reviewed journals is optional.


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