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Job Record #15572
TitlePostdoc: Turbulence simulation in a radial counter-flow device
CategoryPostDoc Position
EmployerUniversity of British Columbia
LocationCanada, British Columbia, Kelowna
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateMonday, April 01, 2019
The UBC Okanagan CFD Lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for an industry-
funded research project investigating turbulent flow and mass transfer in a 
radial counter-flow gas separation apparatus. The apparatus is a component 
in a patented technology for upgrading carbon dioxide into syngas, with the 
overall aim of converting carbon emissions from industrial processes into 
fuel. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct CFD investigations to 
characterize the flow in the radial counter-flow apparatus. Both fundamental 
and applied engineering research will be conducted in the project. 
Fundamental research will investigate the onset of transition and evolution 
of turbulence in a radial source flow between parallel disks with and 
without disk rotation. Applied aspects will address the influence of 
rotation rates, injection and exhaust conditions, and surface geometries on 
the turbulent flow and mass transfer in the gas separation apparatus. The 
fundamental research will use high-fidelity, eddy-resolving simulations (DNS 
and LES) to guide lower-cost RANS simulations of the applied aspects. The 
simulations will be performed using HPC cluster resources provided by 
Compute Canada. 

The research will be conducted in the UBC Okanagan CFD Laboratory, 
supervised by Dr. Joshua Brinkerhoff, and carried out in close collaboration 
with an industrial partner. The initial appointment will be for one (1) 
year. In addition to this specific project, the postdoctoral fellow may also 
participate in other research projects within the UBC Okanagan CFD Lab. 
Therefore, expertise in eddy-resolving turbulence simulation methods (LES, 
DNS, etc.) is required and experience with multiphase simulation methods 
(liquid/gas, gas/gas, cavitation, etc) is desirable. Although the research 
will mainly be computational, opportunity exists for some experimental 
measurements employing laser-based techniques.

Please note the following requirements for applicants: 
- Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline of engineering 
(aerospace, mechanical, chemical, automotive, etc.)
- Expertise with OpenFOAM is strongly desired. Expertise with high-order 
methods is an asset (e.g. Nektar++, Nek5000, incompact3d, etc.)
- Expertise in conducting numerical research on large parallel clusters is 
- Applicants with degrees in a language other than English must have a 
minimum TOEFL score of 580 (PBT) or 92 (IBT) or IELTS minimum overall band 
of 6.5 (with nothing less than 6.0 per individual test) 
- Applicants must be able to start from April or May, 2019 or earlier if 

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their CV and cover letter to 

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NameJoshua Brinkerhoff
Email ApplicationYes
AddressSchool Of Engineering
1137 Alumni Avenue
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