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Student Research Assistant (Up to 2 Positions) - School of Sustainable Design Engineering**Revised Number of Positions**

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Date of Posting: 
April 27, 2017
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

34 hours per week 

$12.95 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 15, 2017 – August 18, 2017

Vortex tube is a compressed air product that produces two separate streams, one cold and other of hot air. Despite much academic studies of the scientific effect, the design of the commercial tube has seen very little improvement since it was first introduced commercially.  It is a reliable source of cold or hot air with no rotating internal components.
Using modern Computational Fluid Dynamics models, we intend to examine the effect of various design changes to the tube via the use of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology. Use of Taguchi methods is highly recommended. More than one part time and/or full time summer undergraduate and/or graduate students are sought to take part as team of research assistants in this breakthrough applied research and industrial supported project. Up to two summer positions are to be filled either part time or full time. Please indicate your preference accordingly in your letter if application.
Senior undergraduate students in all science branches with strong analytical and experimental skills are welcomed and encouraged to apply.


• Detailed solid modeling of commercial compressed air Vortex Tubes
• Study conjugate heat transfer and coupled solid-fluid heat transfer CFD
• Solid body and flow volume meshing, study and application of conditions
• Development of Design of experiments and DFSS
• Analysis of results, proposing design modifications and verification


• Engineering undergraduate or graduating with proven engineering design skills are preferred
• Experience with experimental methods and/or CFD methodologies is preferred
• Proficiency in CAD solid modelling, and CFD is an asset
• Understanding of structured DOE such as Taguchi and DFSS is an asset
• Experience with innovative problem solving, designs and ideas is a plus

Priority is given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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