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Postdoctoral researcher

Current Openings

  • Research Associate (Energy Efficiency for Ships, two posts)


University of Strathclyde (UoS): a leading international technological institution in the UK and the Engineering Faculty is one of the largest in the UK. The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering currently has a strong workforce of 27 full-time academic staff, more than 170 Postgraduate researchers including PhD and MPhil students, research assistants and fellows addressing a wide range of topics in marine technology covering, naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, energy efficiency within the framework of environmental priorities, marine design, operations and safety and fluid-structure interaction. NAOME is one of the largest research resources in the maritime field in Europe and the world, ranked No. 3 in the world and No.1 in the U.K. on Ocean/Marine Engineering in 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Two research associate posts are now open for researchers in energy efficiency of ships. The researchers will join the research team to lead on the research of experimental and numerical ship propulsion hydrodynamics, developing novel propulsion energy saving solutions for the next generation zero emission ships. The positions are sponsored by the RESHIP project, Redefine Energy Efficiency Solutions for Hydrogen Powered Ships in Maritime and Inland Transport, through the pretigious Horizon Europe programme. Researchers will also join the RESHIP project consortium with partners from 13 institutes across Europe to together deliver the high quality research in the project.  The candidates are expected to be skilful in the fields, including CAD & CFD, ship design and analysis, propeller and propulsion systems, ship energy saving devices, and zero emission fuel technologies. Initial contract period is until 31 of August 2025, starting from 1st of September 2022, with potential for further employment. International candidates with visa requirement will be supported in the application for Global Talent visa. Candidate reports to the Head of Department and the project investigator team through Dr Weichao Shi.

As the Research associate, under the general guidance of a research leader, you will develop research objectives and proposals, play a lead role in relation to a specific project/s or part of a broader project, conduct individual and/or collaborative research, contribute to the development of new research methods, identify sources of funding, and contribute to the securing of funds for research, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals. You will write up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminate the results via peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding. You will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort and you will collaborate with colleagues on the development of knowledge exchange activities by, for example, participating in initiatives which establish research links with industry and influence public policy and the professions. You will supervise student projects, provide advice to students and contribute to teaching as required by, for example, running tutorials and supervising practical work. You will contribute in a developing capacity to Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions and committees and engage in continuous professional development.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD or equivalent level in disciplines related to Naval Architecture, or have significant relevant industrial experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in ship propulsion and energy management and a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with: relevant work experience, membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including RINA, IMarEST, SNAME, the Higher Education Academy), experience of relevant student supervision and teaching activities, and/or experience of knowledge exchange related activities.

For any enquiries, please contact: Dr Weichao Shi,

PhD researcher

Seeking for talents

We welcome applications from exceptional students with the potential to become independent researchers. We welcome students from all over the world with a wide range of backgrounds. Students are expected to have a Master level of degree or a first class equivalent Bachelor level of degree.

Our research focuses on applicable biomimetic solutions for maritime industry with specialities in numerical and experimental marine hydrodynamics. Our research interests are primarily in the below area:

  • Marine Renewable Energy

  • Marine Propulsion

  • Marine Autonomous Vehicles



All students can apply for scholarships. Please find the available scholarship from the below link.

For Chinese students, we support the application for China Scholarship Council,



To apply for a PhD study, you must apply through the online university system.

Visiting Researcher

Welcome your visit!

As an international research team, we welcome researchers to all over the world to conduct their academic visit with us to establish joint research activities. We would welcome researchers from a wide range of disciplines, covering

  • Marine hydrodynamics,

  • Naval architecture,

  • Ocean engineering,

  • Underwater vehicle technology,

  • Biomimetics,

  • Advanced materials,


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