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Applications are invited for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa. This is a DRDO-Naval Research Board (NRB) sponsored research project titled “Propulsive performance and hydroacoustics of tandem flapping foils for bio-inspired marine applications” (NRB-510/HYD/23-24).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vaibhav Joshi (Profile Link )
Co-Principal Investigator: Prof. Shibu Clement (Profile Link)

Broad area of research: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), Bio-inspired Flapping, Hydroacoustics

Duration of the project: 3 years

Project Description: The project entails computationally studying the hydroacoustic performance of flapping as well as morphing foils for potential bio-inspired engineering applications. The candidate will be involved in developing and implementing numerical algorithms for hydroacoustic modeling of moving boundary problems, and analyzing the simulation results.

Qualification: First class Post Graduate/ Graduate Degree (M.E./M.Tech./M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering/Computational Mechanics; Qualification in National Eligibility Tests: CSIR-UGC NET including lectureship (Assistant Professorship) and GATE. Candidates who have not appeared in the above examinations may still be considered for the position.

Required Skills: Fundamental knowledge of fluid mechanics; acoustic modeling; basic mathematics including calculus, linear algebra, finite volume method, finite element method and numerical analysis, programming skills and problem-solving skills.

Desirable Skills: Passion towards problem solving using programming languages such as MATLAB/C/Fortran; computational fluid dynamics; tools such as Gmsh, OpenFOAM, Tecplot and an aspiration to pursue Ph.D. on the project topic.

Fellowship Amount (Rs.):
31,000 pm* NET/GATE qualified candidates
25,000 pm Non-NET/GATE qualified candidates
*Will be revised to 37,000 pm as per DST Office Memorandum dated 26th June 2023
Last date of Application: 07th November 2023, 23.59 PM (IST) Benefits:
• Training in development of computational algorithms and their applications to real-time engineering problems
• The selected candidate will be encouraged to apply for a full-time Ph.D. program at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, as per the institute norms

How to Apply: Interested candidates can send a cover letter mentioning their motivation for this project and a detailed curriculum vitae with details of research experience to the principal investigator (email: vaibhavj@goa.bits- by 07th November 2023, 23.59 PM (IST). Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via e-mail within 2 weeks of the application deadline for online/Personal interview to be held at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus.

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