Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics



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Early Stage Training

The Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics is providing Early-Stage Training (EST) Fellowships in the "COFLUIDS" project, funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Marie Curie Actions Programme.

The Fellowships are intended for researchers at an early stage of their career; they offer anything from 3 months up to three years of funded full-time research study with generous living, travel and mobility allowances.


There is an increasing demand for experts in CFD that universities continue to fail to meet, whether this demand is from industry, environment, medicine or academia. The evidence for this is that, each year, we turn out about 50 CFD researchers and very easily they obtain positions of their choice. Every week we receive enquiries from industry, software developers, etc. asking if we can bring to the attention of the MSc and PhD students the positions they have available. Further, many of these companies are very keen to become involved in our MSc and training modules because they see it as a way in which they can attract these students into their organisations. We are confident that this demand for MSc and PhD students trained at Leeds will continue to increase because (a) CFD is developing at such a rapid rate that it is difficult for existing researchers outside the university to keep up with modern developments (they continually need retraining and hence the success of our CPD and Distance-Learning Centre), and (b) the larger organisations are continually using CFD as a relatively cheap alternative to performing numerous costly experiments, or doing many field measurements, whilst the cost of computers is falling, the power is increasing, and thus smaller organisations are now seeing the advantages of using CFD. Thus COFLUIDS will supply EU industries with a knowledge base of high quality application challenges and best practice guidelines by providing experts at the leading edge of technology. Further it will provide a platform for the transfer of know-how from academics with a long history of CFD development and application, and working with commercial CFD software developers, to those now developing their own usage of these tools by developing, training and improving the knowledge-base of new users.