Computer-aided visualization of flapping flight in birds

Applications are invited for a post-graduate or post-doctoral research
assistant in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, to
develop 3-dimensional animation and visualization techniques to study of
the aerodynamics of birds in flapping flight. The post, which is funded by
a BBSRC research grant to Professor J. M. V. Rayner, is for a period of
approximately one year, starting in Spring 1996.

The candidate will contribute towards the development of a
three-dimensional animated visualization of a flying bird which will be
used to trace the development of its vortex wake. Extensive experiments
have already demonstrated the structure of the wake: the purpose of this
post is to develop a realistic computer model of a bird in flapping
flight, using an existing and extensive archive of high-speed video and
cine-film. Applicants should preferably have some knowledge of or interest
in computer animation and/or visualization techniques, and of programming
in a Unix / Silicon Graphics environment (IRIS Explorer or similar).
Knowledge of the application of visualization methods in fluid mechanics
or aeronautics, or of video or film analysis techniques, would be an
advantage, but are not essential. Candidates should hold or expect to
receive in the near future a PhD degree. The post, on the Research
Assistant 1A/1B scale ( 14317 - 16628, under review), is available

For further details and enquiries contact
Professor Jeremy M. V. Rayner
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG, U.K.
tel. +44 117 928 8111, messages +44 117 928 7476, fax +44 117 925 7374
e-mail J.M.V.Rayner@bristol.ac.uk

Closing date for applications is 26 April 1996.