PhD Studentship: Advanced Measurements of Developing Multiphase Flows

Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship available for immediate entry for a project investigating two- and three-phase horizontal flows with advanced optical-diagnostic techniques. The project will be funded through the Transient Multiphase Flows (TMF) consortium, which comprises a number of oil-and-gas companies, software- and design-houses, and will be supervised by Dr Christos Markides and Professor Omar Matar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, and supported by Chevron Corporation.

This effort is part of a broader activity in the Department of Chemical Engineering that involves the development and application of advanced laser-based measurement techniques for the generation of highly detailed, previously unavailable information in complex interfacial and multiphase flows. It involves fundamental research into dispersed oil-water horizontal flows with a focus on flow development, while also addressing an industrial need to develop an understanding of the underlying interfacial-instability and transport mechanisms in dispersed oil-water multiphase flows, as well as how these affect flow development in the presence of hydrate formation.

The ultimate aims are to propose data-driven predictive relations of global flow-behaviour (e.g., pressure drop, hold up) and to provide highly detailed information in support of the development and validation of advanced modelling tools for these flows.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemical, mechanical or aeronautical engineering, or an equivalent or related field of study. They should be keen to perform interdisciplinary research, and to interact with the TMF consortium and the projects industrial sponsors. The project will involve collaborations with other research groups at Imperial College, in the UK and internationally.

“Funding is available for UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £17,009.”

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure. To apply, please go to

Applications should include a personal statement, CV, detailed academic transcripts (including grades and marks), and contact details of two academic referees. Your personal statement should highlight your relevant experience and interests. Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Dr Christos Markides by email at

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Susi Underwood by email at

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