Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) developer

Join us at the forefront of CFD modelling in coastal and maritime engineering.

Wallingford, Oxfordshire
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We are experts in how water moves, behaves and influences people, infrastructure and the environment. As climate change reshapes our planet, our expertise is becoming increasingly vital, and our aim is to help everyone live and work sustainably with water. To succeed on this mission, we are looking for talented individuals who share our passion for water and for building a strong future.

We have been at the forefront of developing the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in coastal and maritime engineering for over a decade, and we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the subject, helping our clients consider and understand the marine environment at all stages of the project life cycle. This is from concept development and master planning through to design, construction and operation. There is opportunity for both overseas and national travel when required for projects.

If you want to contribute to this on ongoing success we  have an exciting opportunity for a CFD Developer to join our team, where you will be supported with your growth and development, undertaking consultancy and research projects. These will be particularly in the marine renewables and hydraulics sectors worldwide and you will be guided and supported by the CFD Lead. This is a varied role, providing technical input on day to day activities, using modelling applications, and helping the delivery of technical and commercial CFD related projects. You will also participate in research activities.

About you

You will have an MSc or equivalent and ideally a PhD with a demonstrable track record in the development and application of CFD models. Ideally you will  hold or be seeking to attain professional membership of a recognised institution (e.g. ICE). You will need to show significant experience in developing CFD solvers within opensource (such as OpenFOAM) or in-house software packages. You will also be able to demonstrate experience using High Performance Computing (HPC) environments for running large-scale CFD simulations.

A background in some or all of the following disciplines is required:

  • Multiphase flows such as segregated flows with interfaces and/or dispersed flows with particles.
  • Multiphysics and coupled simulations including partitioned simulation techniques.   
  • Applied Mathematics (Solution of differential equations, linear algebra)
  • Software development skills relating to CFD models with emphasis on object oriented and parallel programming. Knowledge of programming in C++ within the OpenFOAM framework will be advantageous

A publication record in computational journals such as Journal of Computational Physics, Computers & Fluids and Computational Particle Mechanics is highly valued as is having strong spoken and written presentation skills, in relation to presenting advanced and complex theoretical issues to a non-expert audience.

Subject to your attributes and experience you will also:

  • Have demonstrable understanding of key design issues of hydraulic, coastal and marine structures e.g.:
    • Hydraulic design of pumping stations, intake structures, drop shafts and open channel structures
    • Wave interaction with coastal structures (wave loading, transmission, overtopping)
    • Wave interaction with marine structures, including fixed and floating structures, with an emphasis on marine renewables
  • Have a good understanding of particle-laden flows in marine environments including
    • Dense sediment flows with complex rheology.
    • Wave-particle-structure interactions (scour, erosion, sediment transport) and the relevant simulation techniques, such as resolved/unresolved simulations and CFD-DEM coupling.
    • Hold or be seeking to attain professional membership of a recognised institution (e.g. ICE)

If you are excited about this role but are unsure about whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by email at Further information, along with a full job specification and information on our exceptional benefits can be found below and on our website

How to apply

Please to apply, click the Apply now button below. You should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: Friday 7 April 2023.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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Further information

Emma Thomas
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+44 (0)1491 822899
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