Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New Approaches to Rarefied Gas Dynamics

The University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, UK) has a new opportunity available for a postdoctoral researcher in applied
mathematics or engineering to join an active research team investigating new ways of simulating rarefied gas flows.
The research project: Predicting how gases behave at high speeds or small scales is key to a diverse range of future technologies: high Mach number, high altitude flight could transform global travel, while nano- and micro-devices change our macro environment by manipulating it at the smallest scales. While these technologies seem, at first sight, unlikely partners, both depend on a deep understanding of fluid dynamics under extreme conditions - beyond that of current models. The research challenge is to develop this new fluid dynamics from the fundamental statistical molecular mechanics of gases, and we are now looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with us on this.
Further details: The project will be based in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Strathclyde University (www.mecheng.strath.ac.uk), which was rated a top 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise in the UK. The worldwide interest in this research means that, during the course of the project, the Research Fellow will be encouraged to present his/her work at international conferences. The research will be supervised by Professor Jason Reese (further details about the project can be obtained from him by emailing snipped-for-privacy@strath.ac.uk) and Professor Colin McInnes. The position is for 3 years, starting on 1st November 2005 - although this start date is flexible.
Person requirements: as this is challenging theoretical work, you will need to have (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Applied Mathematics, or a theoretical topic in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering. If you have a special interest in kinetic theory or mathematical modelling of rarefied gas flows, and/or experience with Mathematica or Maple, this would be an advantage.
Salary: the starting salary is 25,699 p.a. (point 10 on the RA1A scale, and is under review), and will rise each year of the project, in addition to a cost-of-living rise.
To apply: please email a covering letter (explaining why you think you are the right person for this position) and full Curriculum Vitae (or Resume), with a list of your publications and the names and contact details of two referees to: snipped-for-privacy@strath.ac.uk
Closing date: the closing date for all applications is Monday 10th October 2005.
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