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Job ID: 138590

Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Canterbury

Date Posted Feb. 14, 2020
Title Post Doctoral Fellow
University University of Canterbury
Christchurch, NZ, New Zealand
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Mar. 12, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 2 years fixed term position

What You Will Do

We have an exciting 24 month opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury to work a multidisciplinary project aiming to develop a new technique to coat curved surfaces with a thin film.

The idea at the centre of this project is that it is possible to distribute a liquid film uniformly on a curved surface by applying a suitable motion kinematics to it. The aims of the project are to model the dynamics of the thin liquid film on curved surfaces subject to a complex kinematics, to find the optimal flow controls, to design and commission a suitable proof-of-concept prototype to validate numerical predictions.

Who You Are

You will have a PhD in engineering, applied mathematics, fluid mechanics or computational sciences.

Demonstrated experience in interfacial fluid dynamics, optimal control, or experimental fluid dynamics will be a strong advantage. You will be a team player able to work independently, meet deadlines and milestones, and disseminate results at conferences and in the scientific literature.

Who You Will Work With

The role of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to remain at the forefront of research and technology and preserve our strong international reputation for high quality teaching. We aim to constantly develop our alumni and industry partnerships, to provide students with an education that is relevant to industry at the highest level, and to expand the scope of our research expertise by attracting and retaining highly-skilled academic and support staff.

You will join an international research team lead by Prof Mathieu Sellier and based at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), GNS Science (New Zealand), and EPFL (Switzerland). There will be opportunities to travel between New Zealand and Switzerland.

For more about the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit our website.

Please take a virtual tour of our Engineering facilities.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "People Prepared to Make a Difference". You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

The closing date for this position is: Thursday, 12th March 2020 (Midnight, NZ time)

How to Apply

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a cover letter (describing background, suitability for the position, your recent and future research projects), a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications, academic transcripts (in English) and the names and contact details of three referees.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Professor Mathieu Sellier,

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