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Iowa State University Postdoc Research Associate in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Postdoc Research Associate

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will require a Ph.D. in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, with a focus on computational fluid dynamics. Operative knowledge of the Eulerian computational models and methods for disperse multiphase flows.

Demonstrated ability to implement complex physical models and numerical methods in computational codes. Knowledge of the C and C++ programming languages.

The candidate is required to have a good knowledge of these two programming languages, to be independent in the implementation of computational models in the CFD codes used in the projects. Experience with ANSYS FLUENT and OpenFOAM®:

The candidate must be familiar with ANSYS® FLUENT® User Defined Functions (UDF) and with the structure of OpenFOAM®. The capability of implementing new models and sub-models, as well as of new numerical algorithms in these codes is a strong requirement, which will be explicitly assessed during the interview process. Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English. Ability to write reports and prepare presentations to effectively communicate research results and progress to the project stakeholders. Independence and self-motivation. Ability of meeting deadlines and a strong commitment to working in a multidisciplinary research group, openly sharing results, challenges, and difficulties with the team with the goal of ensuring the success of the project.

Required Minimum Qualifications:


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with managing large-scale simulations on high-performance compute clusters, including operative knowledge of queue systems, remote post-processing.

Ph.D. in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering.

Operative knowledge of the Eulerian computational models and methods for disperse multiphase flows

Proposed Start Date:January 4, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:January 4, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:November 20, 2020

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R3656

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

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