Research Associate in Fibre Optic Flow Sensing

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? A great opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to join the Dynamics Research Group working on a prestigious project which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The overall aim of this project is to develop and to validate experimentally new science underpinning a distributed fibre-optic sensor technology to measure in-pipe flow conditions. The system will continuously monitor pipe deterioration with an unprecedented spatial resolution. The work will be completed in collaboration with the University College London (UCL) and nuron ltd.

The project provides the opportunity to work on a challenging problem of linking free surface wave pattern and the turbulence characteristics in the flow in a partially filled pipe with the stresses and strains in a fibre-optic cable sensor and resultant optical phase fluctuations. This work will lead to new theoretical foundation for distributed flow sensing in pipes. It is expected that the results of this work will be sufficiently novel and significant to warrant their publication in refereed academic journals.

You will have strong experimental and theoretical skills, knowledge of structural mechanics, understanding of the wave phenomena, fluid dynamics and have the ability to write computer code and to analyse data efficiently. You must be self-motivated and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. An important required skill is the ability to present and communicate complex information to our academic partners and potential customers in a concise and clear form.

You will have a good BEng/MEng level degree (minimum 2:1) and a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Computing, Mathematics or related discipline. Some experience in fibre-optic technology will be beneficial.

You must also be willing to undertake travel within the UK and overseas.

This post is fixed-term for 36 months to start as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will enjoy the support of the academic experts at our Faculty of Engineering and our non-academic partners and have access to the top of the range laboratory and computing facilities at the University of Sheffield.

For any further information please contact Professor Kirill V. Horoshenkov at or on 0114 222 7855 or Professor Simon Tait at or on 01142225771.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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Closing date for applications: 9 June 2019