Research Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 15 April 2021
Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 15 May 2021
Location: Swansea, Wales
Company: Swansea University
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: AC04460

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Swansea University marine energy research covers the engineering of all types of marine renewables, with the majority of work focused on tidal stream turbines. This research post will be part of a European Regional Development Fund project SELKIE, which aims to support the Marine Energy sector in Wales and Ireland. SELKIE is an exciting €5m project lasting three years, and brings together six partners (research institutes, SMEs and third sector organisations) from Wales and Ireland. University College Cork (UCC) is the lead partner on this project and most project activities at the University sit with the Energy & Environment Research Group based on the Bay Campus.

The postholder will be expected to contribute to the SELKIE project. The primary purpose is to contribute to research in drone video remote sensing of tidal currents and a novel converging beam ADCP sensor for currents and turbulence.

Research Assistants at Grade 7 will carry out their own research as part of industrially-focused R&D projects. They will perform their own analysis and interpretation of results, and will assist with production of reports, presentations and publications as directed by the project leaders. It is expected that Project Assistants will normally have at least a good undergraduate degree or equivalent.

To contribute to the SELKIE project that has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund delivered through the Welsh and Irish Governments funded, working with an international project group of universities and SMEs.
To collect and analyse video data from drone survey of tidal current areas. This will involve use of data processing algorithms in MATLAB based (and other platforms) on large scale PIV and other techniques.
To analyse ADCP raw beam data for current and turbulence properties. This will be collected from standard instruments and a new design of converging beam ADCP being developed as part of the project.
To support the development, field deployment and testing of a new converging beam ADCP. The proposed design uses 3x single beam ADP on a triangular frame.
To publish open source the tools developed including software tools and documentation (for the drone video processing and the design of the cADCP).
To undertake collaborative projects with industry and contribute to SELKIE outputs
To collaborate with research partners including national and international travel.
To write journal papers for submission in ISI-accredited peer-reviewed journals.
For full details, please see the attached job decsription.

Person Specification
Essential Criteria

1. Degree in engineering, oceanography, physics or a related subject.
2. Knowledge and experience of scientific data analysis.
3. A commitment to sustainable development and solution of the climate crisis.
4. Evidence of planning skills for research projects.
5. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project.

Informal enquiries contact details and further information
The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Ian Masters

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