Postdoctoral Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics of Plasma Flows
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mechanical Engineering
United States, MA, Lowell
To enable a future based in renewable electricity, electric power has to be channeled to produce the reactivity that sustains society – from the modification of materials to the synthesis of chemicals. Plasmas – electrically-conducting gases formed by electrical discharges – are ideal means to produce such reactivity, as amply exploited in diverse applications in materials, manufacturing, and energy. An especially important research frontier is the interaction of plasma with liquids, found in novel applications in materials and chemical synthesis, environmental remediation, bioengineering and medicine.
Plasma flows are reactive electromagnetic gas flows that present some remarkable microscopic and macroscopic characteristics, from distinct chemical kinetics to self-organization. The computational description of plasma flows present compound challenges found in other Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applications, such as multi-scale resolution, multi-physics coupling, and multi-phase interactions.
We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell). The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles to conduct research in novel numerical methods for the modeling and simulation of plasma-liquid flow interactions. More information about research being conducted at Prof. Trelles’ lab is found in: https://sites.uml.edu/juan-trelles/
The position is available immediately and is for one year, with the possibility for renewal for an additional year upon satisfactory performance. The position includes a salary of US $48,000, complete fringe benefits including health insurance, and funds to attend professional conferences.
Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or closely related areas.
Expertise in numerical methods and computational fluid dynamics.
Expertise in computational programming, preferably in C++/C or Fortran.
Demonstrate a minimum of two journal publications in the applicant’s research field.
Good English communication skills (written and oral).
Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment; and to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience.
Plasma, reacting, compressible, and/or magnetohydrodynamic flows.
Finite element methods or other unstructured mesh methods.
Use and development of large-scale CFD codes.
High performance computing (Linux development, profilers, parallel processing).
Interested applicants should apply directly at:
Applicants should also send an email to Prof. Trelles at email@example.com indicating the submission of your application to ensure timely review.
About Lowell and UMass Lowell:
The city of Lowell is located at a 30-minute ride from Boston, in the high-tech region of Massachusetts in the U.S. northeast coast. Lowell is among the most cosmopolitan cities in the U.S., has a rich history as the cradle of the industrial revolution, and its downtown area is a National Historical Park. More information about the city of Lowell, please visit: http://www.likelowell.com.
UMass Lowell has a distinguished reputation in science and engineering and is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting high-quality research. UMass Lowell is a Carnegie Doctoral High Research university and is ranked in the top tier of the US News and World Report’s national university ranking. Annual funded research expenditures exceed $60 million and research is deeply integrated throughout the campus, including 37 interdisciplinary centers and institutes. For example, the new $80 million interdisciplinary Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center houses state-of-the-art facilities for advanced materials, manufacturing, nanotechnology, and energy research. UMass Lowell is within the 5 most rapidly growing institutions among academic rankings in the U.S. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has more than 30 faculty, 200 graduate, and 600 undergraduate students.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.