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Job Record #15030
TitlePostdoctoral Fellow in Nuclear Engineering Department
CategoryPostDoc Position
EmployerKhalifa University of Science and Technology
LocationUnited Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Island
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
About University:
The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines 
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of 
Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Institute into one world-
class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and 
education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science 
and engineering. Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to 
be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while 
catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing 
knowledge economy.

Brief Description:
Research and teaching conducted at the Nuclear Engineering Department spans 
from frontline topics in basic science (atomic, nuclear, and particle) to 
more applied areas such as nuclear reactor physics, nuclear reactor 
technology, nuclear thermal hydraulics analysis, and nuclear power safety. 
Our Nuclear Engineering Department invites applications for a postdoctoral 
position under an approved fund to investigate numerically and 
experimentally a novel hybrid renewable/clean energies system.
In this role the successful candidate will carry out:
•	Thermal hydraulics analysis using the computational fluid dynamics 
(CFD) approach taking in account the neutronic parameters.
•	Build a prototype to investigate the system feasibility and to 
validate the numerical predictions.
•	Study in details the behavior of the proposed system during reactor 
•	Write conference and journal articles, and present the results of 
the work at international conferences and events.
The appointment will be for two years. The position is within the area of 
CFD modeling of nuclear reactor cores and thermal energy storage (TES). The 
topic is related to the strong interest towards new concepts of coupling 
nuclear reactors to TES to safely follow the electricity grid variable load 
profile without affecting the reactor operation (operated at the maximum 
rated power).

Detailed Description:		
Your responsibilities will also include:
•	Developing a new one- and/or two-phase flow model for TES;
•	Performing CFD simulations of one- and two-phase flows using high-
performance computing (HPC) facility;
•	Using high-fidelity turbulence models to improve one- and two-phase 
flow predictions;
•	Generate experimental database to help improving the accuracy of 
one- and two-phase flow models;
•	Performing thermal hydraulic analyses related to nuclear reactors 
and thermal energy storage;
•	Review design and safety analyses of nuclear reactor and related 
•	Modify existing software codes;
•	Prepare reports, papers, and technical presentations on the results 
of analytical activities

Job Requirements:		
•	A PhD degree awarded in nuclear, mechanical, chemical or industrial 
engineering with a specialization in heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics 
or reactor thermal hydraulics is a requirement. We seek a candidate with a 
strong background in experimentation and modelling of one- and two-phase 
•	The successful applicant should be strongly motivated, have the 
capability to work independently as well as in collaboration with members of 
the research group.
•	In-depth knowledge of one- and two-phase flow and boiling heat 
transfer is essential for this position. Experience with simulation of 
thermal-hydraulics of nuclear power plants as well as documentation of 
research work (publications) is a merit. The position will also require 
independent work in addition to collaborative skills and creative thinking. 
In addition, good oral and written communication skills in English are 
•	Considerable knowledge of multi-dimensional code development for 
two-phase flow applications, turbulence modeling, thermal hydraulics, heat 
transfer, and parallel scientific computing is required. Knowledge of other 
CFD tools are a very strong plus, such as Star-CCM+, Code_Saturne, or 
OpenFoam. Other programming skills, e.g. Matlab, are a plus.
•	The candidate is expect to have considerable knowledge and skills 
o	Nuclear engineering principles, theories, and practices for the 
design and analysis of reactor systems.
o	Applying computational approaches and techniques for analysis, data 
interpretation, and engineering problem solving.
o	Skills using CFD codes (e.g. STAR-CCM+, Code_Saturne, or OpenFoam) 
are required.
o	Programming skills, including scripting languages, are required.
o	Verification of results through application of multi-physics or 
multi-dimensional approaches to find solutions to quantitative problems.

How to Apply		
Prospective applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, a CV with 
list of publications, two references, and a Passport-size photograph. 
Inclusion of publications in peer-reviewed journals is optional (no more 
than three).

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NameAhmed Alkaabi
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