The research group of Dr. Zhongquan (Charlie) Zheng (https://engineering.usu.edu/mae/faculty/charlie-zheng/index) in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position. The position is for one year, with possible renew for multiple years depending on performance and available funding. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or closely related fields. Candidates must demonstrate experiences and quality publications in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), including but not limited to, immersed-boundary methods, reduced order modeling, wall-modeled large-eddy simulation, and flow control modeling with neural-network algorithms. In addition to a clear research focus, a successful applicant will also be expected to assist Dr. Zheng in mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants in the group, developing externally funded research programs, and participating in activities in professional societies. Anticipated start date is July 2021.
• Develop and debug computer programs for CFD
• Develop reduced-order modeling for flow and aeroacoustic analysis
• Wall-modeled LES for turbulent flow
• Neural-network algorithms for flow control modeling
• Assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants
• Help develop externally funded research programs
• Activities in professional societies
• Ph.D. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or closely related fields
• Experience in developing and debugging computer programs for CFD
• Experience and quality publications in the research topics listed in "Responsibilities"
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume/ CV to be uploaded under "Resume/CV"
2. Cover Letter to be uploaded under "Other documents 1-10"
3. Contact information of 3 references
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
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