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Job Record #17943
TitleUnderwater Radiated Noise from Marine Vessels
CategoryPostDoc Position
EmployerUniversity of Victoria
LocationCanada, British Columbia, Victoria
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
Environmental impact is emerging as an issue of primary importance in the marine transportation industry. 

Underwater radiated noise (URN) in particular has been identified as a risk factor for the southern resident 

killer whales that populate the Salish Sea, which is an area of intense marine traffic. Propeller-induced 

cavitation is the dominant source of URN from marine vessels. 

Post-doctoral positions are available in a research project led by Dr. Peter Oshkai, who directs the Fluids 

Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Integrated Energy 

Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria. The Post-doc researchers will pursue the following objectives:

(a) Development of a high-fidelity numerical solver package for the open-source computational fluid 

dynamics (CFD) platform OpenFOAM that would capture the key physical features of the flows around marine 

propellers and interactions between turbulence, cavitation and URN.

(b) Development of a low-order numerical solver for prediction of the acoustic performance of propellers over 

a broad range of operating conditions.

(c) Experimental investigation of flow-acoustic interactions between a single cavitation bubble and an 

unsteady flow under repeatable laboratory conditions.

(d) Simulation of the flow-acoustic interactions due to cavitating marine propellers using the commercial CFD 

software StarCCM+ and validation of the CFD solvers against existing laboratory and field acoustic data.


•	MASc/MSc (for PhD) or PhD (for Post-doc) degree in a relevant area of engineering.

•	Strong background in fluid mechanics and CFD.

•	Ideally, knowledge of OpenFOAM, StarCCM+ and experience with experimental techniques (quantitative 

flow visualization, acoustic measurements and signal processing).

•	Strong communication abilities in English (writing, conversational, presentation).

•	Ability to work effectively in a diverse team.

The Fluids Research Laboratory, IESVic and the larger UVic communities are diverse and committed to 

upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. 

Dr. Oshkai strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, indigenous 

peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender 

identity, and those persons experiencing barriers to equity.


Positions are starting ASAP; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send an email to Dr. Oshkai at with the subject “URN 

position”. Please attach:

•	A detailed CV.

•	A one-page letter describing your relevant research experience and motivation.

•	Names and contact details of two references.
Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #17943 when responding to this ad.
NamePeter Oshkai
Email ApplicationYes
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