Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

CALIPER - PhD position in Granular Physics, Physics of Fluids group, Univ. of Twente, the Netherlands.

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    University of Twente
    PhysicsApplied physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/11/2019 18:00 - Europe/Athens
    Netherlands › Enschede
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

CALIPER is a Horizon 2020 funded Innovative Training Network (ITN #812638) in which 15 academic and private sector partners come together to advance the field of granular materials forward in numerical modeling, experimentation and understanding. The main aim is to employ the various 3D imaging modalities that have become more available in recent years to help calibrate and improve numerical methods and ultimately enhance our fundamental understanding of the mechanics and flow behavior of disordered materials.

Granular materials such as sand, salt grains, coffee beans and pastes are everywhere. Predicting how granular materials flow and deform is obviously important for a wide range of industries, yet still a challenging task despite years of academic work. Computational methods to assist in handling granular materials have greatly improved in the past decades. However, these computational methods need more and more experimental calibration. Caliper aims to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics of granular materials and suspensions by merging DEM approaches with the latest developments in the field of three dimensional imaging.

The Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente works on a variety of aspects in fluid mechanics, ranging from turbulence and bubbles, free surface flow and impact, biomedical flows, micro and nanofluidics to granular flows. The focus of our work is to obtain fundamental understanding of the phenomena of the physics of fluids, bubbles and jets, which we undertake by a combination of experimental, numerical, and theoretical means.

Website CALIPER: https://caliper-itn.org
Website Physics of Fluids group: https://pof.tnw.utwente.nl


What we offer:

• Research Project: You will perform cutting-edge experiments using state-of-the-art equipment with granular materials. You will significantly contribute to a profound understanding of granular flow, with huge impact on fundamental sciences as well as industrial processes.

• Location: you will join the large and highly experienced Physics of Fluids research group at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente located in Enschede in the Netherlands. In CALIPER you will be embedded in an international project team with outstanding academics and industrialists. You will enjoy a number of international exchange visits (secondments) during the project.

• Impact: you will interact with companies that are active all around the globe, including market leaders in major industries (chemical, food & pharma, process, minerals, plastics)

• Position: Full time PhD student in the Netherlands for 48 months standard duration.

• Finance: you will be receiving a monthly salary according to a combination of MSCA ITN rules and Dutch regulations. There is budget for performing the research (office, access to computer clusters, lab space, etc.).

Eligibility criteria

As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility. To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

* must not have more than 4 years of research experience.

* must not hold a PhD.

* must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months.

* Applicants must be available to start the PhD in September-December 2019.

* To enrol in the local PhD program, applicants must (soon) be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree.

Offer Requirements


What are we looking for?

We offer a position for a talented and ambitious Early Stage Researcher for experimental work in the physics of granular matter. The position aims for the candidate to obtain a PhD.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who is able to excel in research and is willing to collaborate in an international team. You must be highly motivated to learn new skills and become an expert in using experimental techniques and data analysis to unravel the intricate dynamics of granular flows.

Specific Requirements

Specific skills needed for the position are:

* Physics background: You are holding a master’s degree in (applied) physics or related fields, such as chemical or mechanical engineering. It is preferable if you have some prior understanding of granular materials and their applications.

* Experimental expertise: You should be interested in designing and conducting state-of-the-art experiments, and to become an expert in high-speed imaging techniques and other data acquisition methods.

* Data analysis and programming: You have at least basic programming skills. Experience with image processing software (Matlab, Python or similar) will be a strong plus. Ideally you should have some experience with numerical simulations, er at least be motivated to work with Discrete Element Method (DEM)-based software packages.

• Personality and communication skills: you should be goal-oriented and well-organized, you should have the capability to learn rapidly and sustainably, and you should be able to communicate effectively in English.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Twente
7500 AE
Drienerlolaan 5

EURAXESS offer ID: 458697


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