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Job Record #16650
TitlePostdoctoral research assistant
CategoryPostDoc Position
EmployerUniversity of Reading
LocationUnited Kingdom, Berkshire, Reading
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, July 23, 2020

We are looking to recruit a postdoctoral research assistant to investigate 
the aerodynamics of ice particles in the atmosphere, using 3D-printed 
analogues. This is part of a project funded by the Natural Environment 
Research Council.
You will build on work pioneered here at Reading. Real snowflakes are 
complex three-dimensional structures, and we know very very little about the 
aerodynamics of such particles. Unfortunately, field experiments in natural 
snowfall are fraught with practical difficulties. To overcome this problem, 
we have fabricated “snowflake analogues” using 3D printing techniques, 
allowing us to produce complex, intricate three dimensional geometries of 
the kind observed in the atmosphere, and to study their aerodynamics in a 
series of systematic, controlled laboratory experiments, without the 
particles melting, evaporating or fragmenting. Experiments have already been 
conducted using scaled-up models falling in liquids (exploiting dynamic 
similarity), and initial analysis has tested these data against existing 

Salary -  £30,942 to £36,914 per annum

The post-holder can expect to contribute work towards some or all of the 
following activities:

•	Data analysis: use of existing experimental data sets to improve the 
representation of ice sedimentation and growth processes in numerical models 
and remote sensing algorithms

•	Experimental work: working with colleagues at the University of 
Leeds to assist with the collection of Particle Imaging Velocimetry data, 
and contributing to new experiments observing the free-fall of micromachined 
snowflake analogues in air and a vertical wind tunnel

•	Collaboration with modellers and project partners: the post-holder 
will collaborate with partners in Switzerland, Germany and the UK

•	It is expected that the post-holder will publish their results in 
peer-reviewed journal articles and present their work at suitable 

You will have:

•	A PhD (or expectation that one will soon be awarded) in a physical, 
mathematical or engineering science

•	Research experience in analysis of data to gain insight into 
physical problems, ideally with a cloud-physics or fluid-dynamics focus

•	Programming and data analysis skills in MATLAB, Python, IDL or other 
scientific programming language/environment

•	A willingness to learn new skills, and to collaborate with others to 
achieve your aims

To apply please use the following link 

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #16650 when responding to this ad.
Name Dr. Chris Westbrook
Email ApplicationNo
Phone (+44) 0118 378 5570
AddressDepartment of Meteorology University of Reading Whiteknights campus Earley Gate PO Box 243 Reading RG6 6BB, UK
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