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PhD Open Position in Modeling and Simulation of Yield-Stress Fluids

University of Patras - Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Rheology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Patras - Greece
Funding for: International Students
Funding amount: Up to €3,500 or £2,984.95 (converted salary*) /month gross
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Expires: 13th November 2021

The Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Rheology at the University of Patras has a Marie-Currie Fellowship opening at the Doctoral level, (“Early-Stage Researcher” ESR), under the supervision of Profs Yannis Dimakopoulos and John Tsamopoulos, in the following area: 

MODELING AND FLOW OF ELASTO-VISCOPLASTIC MATERIALS

The research is focused on predicting and controlling deformation and flow of a group of complex materials abundant in nature and industry, called Yield-Stress (YS) or viscoplastic (VP) materials. These start to flow when a sufficient stress is applied to them but behave as solids otherwise.

In response to the challenge of predicting flows of YS materials, it is imperative to establish a coherent and efficient approach to predict such flows by (a) developing more accurate and general YS constitutive models, and (b) developing advanced numerical methods for computing complex YS flows. In this way, it will become possible to bridge the gap between science and modelling developed in academia (fluid mechanics, rheology, and computational methods) and process engineering (food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil exploration, construction, etc.).

The overall goal of our research effort is to develop such models and test them in homogeneous and specific complex and practical flows.

The position is funded by a Marie-Currie ITN project for a period of four years. Candidates must have BS and MS degrees. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Appl. Mathematics, or a related field. Review of candidate applications will begin on September 1, 2021, and will continue until the positions are filled, possibly before September 30, 2021. Prospective candidates should prepare a single PDF document including (1) a cover letter detailing motivation, research experience, and research interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and email addresses of two references. These can be sent by email to Prof. John Tsamopoulos at tsamo@chemeng.upatras.gr.

In the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon the following skills:

  • Ability to analyze and model complex physical problems
  • Programming skills (good knowledge of at least a language among Fortran 2015, C++, Python, Matlab)
  • Background in soft matter, multiphase flows, and transport phenomena
  • Enthusiasm about working in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and spoken English)
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a diverse environment.

The candidates

  • Will receive up to 3500 €/month gross salary for at least three years.
  • Can be of any nationality, and there is no age limit.
  • At the time of recruitment, they must have received a MS degree within the last 4 years and not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the reference date.

Links

  • Details on YieldGap Project: here
  • Details for Candidates: here
  • General information about our lab and research activities: here
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