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Job Record #15580
TitleKTP Associate – Advanced Computational Engineering Methods
CategoryJob in Industry
EmployerUniversity of Leeds and Monocon International Refractories Ltd.
LocationUnited Kingdom, South Yorkshire, Doncaster
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateSunday, February 03, 2019
KTP Associate – Advanced Computational Engineering Methods, Metallurgy 
Industry, Faculty of Engineering and Monocon International Refractories 

Do you have a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics, or a related subject (or 
close to completion), or an MEng/MSc with significant industrial experience 
of utilising computational engineering techniques? Do you want to further 
your career in a project with one of the UK’s leading research intensive 
universities and ultimately, pursue a career in industry?

We have an opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career into business by 
leading a high profile and strategically important project to a successful 
conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be 
working in partnership with Monocon International Refractories Ltd. and the 
School of Mechanical Engineering. This will provide an excellent opportunity 
for you to utilise your academic achievements in an industry setting.

Monocon manufactures and supplies specialised refractory products and 
engineering services to steel and iron manufacturers. Their strategic goal 
is to design, develop and manufacture innovative, high quality products to 
steelmakers all around the world.

The KTP will develop an understanding of the fundamental science 
underpinning Monocon’s products, develop new design methodologies and deploy 
advanced computational techniques, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and 
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), to deliver innovative design and 
performance improvements in both metallurgical lances and slag control darts 
for the global steel industry.

You will be based at the company premises near Doncaster, but will be 
employed by the University of Leeds for the duration of the project, a fixed 
period of 30 months, spending some time at the University. The School of 
Mechanical Engineering will provide academic and technical support to you 
throughout the project.

In addition to the challenges of the post, you will be expected to work 
towards a chartered membership of an appropriate professional body.

You will have access to a training and development package worth £5,000, to 
be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements, enabling 
you to work effectively on the KTP, and to plan for your future career. 
Additionally, you will attend two weeks of residential KTP training to equip 
you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project 
successfully, for which time is allocated and funding provided.

What does the role entail?
As a KTP Associate, your main duties will include:
• Developing a sound commercial understanding of the refractory consuming
metallurgical industry;
• Developing effective methodologies to understand key issues impacting
metallurgical lances and slag control darts during their life-cycles;
• Developing scientific understanding of slag dart geometry and material
parameters on steel tapping processes;
• Becoming proficient in FEA methods;
• Becoming proficient in the use of OpenFOAM, the Open Source CFD package,
in order to develop accurate multi-phase flow models of key processes;
• Using OpenFOAM to develop effective computational methods for predicting
slag dart performance and methods for validation and visualisation, and
establishing methods to optimise structural performance;
• Developing design optimisation methodologies and software tools that can 
be implemented routinely during product design;
• Capturing and codifying implicit knowledge within the business in an 
accessible and usable knowledge repository;
• Developing an ongoing training regime including training materials, 
technical papers, marketing materials and software routines to embed the new
knowledge in to the design process;
• Dissemination and embedding of advanced computer simulations techniques;
• Writing reports, undertaking literature reviews and preparing papers for
publication, with guidance as necessary.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as 
a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with 
the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?
As a KTP Associate you will have:
• A PhD (or near to completion) in Computational Fluid Dynamics or a related
area, or an MEng/MSc in Engineering, Computer Science or other
mathematical disciplines with significant industrial experience of utilising
computational engineering techniques;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal,
enabling communication with a wide range of stakeholders;
• Excellent project-management skills, with the ability to meet tight 
• The ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
• Enthusiasm and commitment to drive this challenging project forward;
• A desire to implement scientific knowledge within new product development;
• A strong desire to develop your career in a progressive engineering 
• A full UK driving licence or alternative means of travel to enable travel 
to the University, training and customer meetings as the role requires.
You may also have:
• Computer programming experience, notably C++;
• Experience in using OpenFOAM to solve engineering flow problems;
• Some industrial experience in the disciplines relevant to this project, 
and/or experience of working on industrially-relevant research projects.

Additional information
Candidates must be available for an onsite interview at the company 
premises. Monocon’s long term plan is to support continued business growth 
by developing new product ranges to enable expansion into other market 
sectors. Pending the outcome of the project, the Associate will be in a 
prime position to occupy this function beyond the duration of the KTP.

Working as a KTP Associate
You will be employed by the University of Leeds and will have access to 
University facilities. However, you will be based for the majority of your 
time at the company premises, working to their terms, and benefiting from a 
bespoke benefits package.

You will have access to the University’s USS pension scheme, with generous
employer contributions.

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #15580 when responding to this ad.
NameDr Zinedine Khatir
Email ApplicationNo
Phone(0)113 343 2220
Record Data:
Last Modified16:11:00, Tuesday, January 08, 2019

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